How To Overcome Rejection

Have you ever been rejected?

Left out of something? Didn’t make the cut, weren’t selected for the team? Not good enough to get through? Not selected for a job. Not asked to participate in a project. Maybe something you created has been rejected – a novel, an artwork, a song?

It can hurt. Rejection hurts. Rejection can be demoralising.

Illus – X Factor/Australia’s Got Talent

-          Story - Year 7 friends

-          Illus - Going for jobs

The fear of rejection can become paralysing

Story – Robyn Draper

-          Story - Articles to WarCry

St-      Story -     My early songwriting

This fear of rejection is what I believe often lies behind a reluctance to be a Christian witness

-          Afraid we’ll put people off

-          Scared they’ll treat us differently

-          Not like us, label us, leave us out

Bible reading – Jesus was rejected

- He’d given his mission speech

- Some in the synagogue were wondering about the authority of Jesus. “How can this be, Joseph’s son?”

- Jesus acknowledges that often we don’t listen to those we know – no prophet accepted in hometown (easier to accept advice from a family member vs someone else?)

-- Then he gets them downright angry. How? Why are they so angry? An anti-racism message to a racist group. Jews racist – they were God’s chosen ones; special. True – but Jesus points out that God’s love and goodness extends to Gentiles as well. This riles them, they mob him, try to throw him off the cliff – he eludes them, somehow

- Unfortunately that message has been hard to swallow for 2000 years – the message that God loves everybody. Australian or Afghan, British or Balinese, man or woman, church-goer or pagan.

- Jesus mission was a practical one, at the heart of which is this message that God’s love extends to everybody, in equal measure. Our mission too

- Jesus didn’t quit. He’d had a brush with death with this unpopular message, but it didn’t quiten him. He kept on.

What kept Jesus going??

  1. He knew his mission and was committed to it

- he’d come to preach good news and to bring freedom, jubilee

- he had to tell of God’s love, and demonstrate God’s love, to Jew and non-Jew alike. Samaritans, women, Romans

2.            He knew he was loved

- by people (family, friends, poor & weak)

- by God


 You will face rejection

-          By family, friends

-          In careers

-          When you go to sell something, or apply for something, or submit something for selection or for a prize

-          You may even feel rejection at church – not intentionally. Not asked to do something, or be a part of something. Reasons for that. Egs

You can overcome rejection. You can handle rejection if you follow Jesus:

Answer: (a) know your mission, your purpose – at church :spiritual gift surveys, your teams involvement, your passion;

in life – God’s purpose for you – some to be teachers, some apostles, some evangelists etc

(b) know that God loves you. So much. Etc etc

God’s love frees us from the paralysis/the fear of rejection.

Faith says – God’s will be done. There is a purpose behind the rejection. God has plans for my life.

Story – Janet Camilleri : went on to become an author and writer, but she actually graduated from college as a primary teacher in the mid 80s, only to discover that jobs weren’t as abundant as she’d been led to believe. Too many teachers – not enough jobs. And she was one of the unlucky ones.

She couldn’t understand what God was doing in her life. Surely it was God’s will that she became a teacher – she’d felt his call to go to teachers college.

She tried to get any job she could, so she could eat and have a place to live, but she kept getting turned down – either too highly qualified or not enough experience. Every door seemed to get closed in her face – even a sales asst job in a jewellery store – she’d worked part-time in one for 5 years. The manager was scared she’d leave for a bigger and better job as soon as she could.

This went on for months. She cried a lot, yelled at God a lot. Finally, she landed a clerical job in the Public Service. At least it was secure, and there were a lot of young people she could befriend, even though she still desired to be a teacher.

But it was in this public service job that she met her future husband.

God has plans for you. God loves you. If you stay faithful, all will be well.

Every time that you look at yourself in the mirror, I want you to say “God loves me”

Of course this episode we read about from Luke 4 wasn’t the last time Jesus was rejected. The Jews are still rejecting him. He was rejected so much by the religious establishment when he was on earth that it led to his death. On a cross. For you. Because he loved you, and wanted to free you from sin, and purchase eternity for you through his sacrifice. Someone had to die – that’s the law of God, but His loving grace was shown by saying, Jesus will die on your behalf, so you can be free…..


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