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February 16, 2022
From Series: Life Lessons Learned from the Bible - Mark 8
It is not uncommon to be rejected when God has asked you to do something for Him. We read in Mark 8:11 how the Pharisees questioned Jesus by asking Him to prove Himself by giving them some sort of sign from heaven. This caused Jesus to become sad, go back into the boat, and head toward Bethsaida. Jesus was grieved but did not allow His grief to stop Him from continuing His mission.
You will face many obstacles in your life and have your purpose and destiny questioned and rejected by people, but do what Jesus did and continue accomplishing the assignment you were given. When we follow the story of Jesus, we see how by not giving up it allowed Jesus to fulfill His purpose. Following Jesus's example of not giving up, will allow you to fulfill your purpose also.
Rejection can come from anyone, even from your family and close friends. This is where it hits the hardest because you usually don't see it coming or you don't expect it to happen. But what you have is not meant for everyone. You will have to accept the fact that not everyone will want what you are offering.
Jesus’s purpose was also rejected when He was in the temple in Nazareth. When Jesus read from the scroll (recorded document) He was letting the listeners know that He is the one the Prophet Isaiah spoke about in Isaiah 61:1-3. Sadly, the people who were listening to Him doubted Him ( Luke 4:16-28 ).
But Jesus knew their thoughts and hearts and said,
“Truly I tell you," He continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian - Luke 4:24-27.
After the listeners in the synagogue (church) heard what Jesus said they got upset, so upset that they ran Jesus out of town and attempted to kill Him ( Luke 4:28-29 ).
Although there was a need during the famine, Elijah was only sent to a woman name Zarephath ( 1King 17:7-16 ). And during Elisha lifespan many people had a disease, but Elisha was only able to cure a man name Naaman ( 2Kings 5 ). Do not find it strange or confusing when people reject you because as we see from the Scriptures, it happens to all of us. Again, what you have is not meant for everyone.
The rejection you are experiencing may be temporary or permanent, but do not allow rejection to cause you to doubt or impede your purpose. Even through refusal, there will always be others who believe in you and will ultimately benefit from you ( Mark 8:22-25 ). This is part of our purpose, to service and help other people.
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”- 1 Peter 2:7
Jesus was rejected by people but chosen by God and became the foundation that the church (we) is now built upon and is our support. He is now the standard of how we should be living our life's and the one we rely on. And when you put your trust in Him, you will never be put to shame ( 1Peter 2:6 ).
Jesus was handpicked and precious to God ( 1Peter 2:4, John 15:16 ). You too are handpicked and precious to God ( Isaiah 43:4, John 15:16 ). And if you remain humble and trust the process you will also be the person people can turn to as you allow God to be in control of your life to help many people in their life.
So be encouraged, our Savior has gone through the same situation you are going through and will be going through; but if you continue to read His story, you will see how you can get through your own rejections in life and stay on track to fulfilling your purpose. And then when the time is right you will be exalted by God ( 1Peter 5:6-7 ) because you are in favor with God ( Luke 2:52, 1Samuel 2:26, Proverbs 3:4 ) .
Remember the Bible is your guide for life and how you can grow, mature, and get through anything in life!
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