‘…His own received Him not.’ John 1:11 KJV
Sometimes the word ‘no’ simply means ‘not now, but ask again.’ So don’t let rejection stop you. Take a look at your past experiences. You encountered rejection in school and on the playground. Not everybody liked you, but you made it anyway, right? Jesus experienced more rejection than anybody who ever lived. ‘He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.’ Did He quit? No, He went on to others, to those who discerned His value. ‘But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God.’ (John 1:12 NKJV)
Someone needs what you have; it is absolutely necessary to their success. Most great salespeople know that 14 out of 15 people will say no. So they hurry and make their presentations to as many as possible, in order to reach that one who will say yes. Jesus said, ‘Whoever will not receive you…shake off the dust from your feet.’ (Matthew 10:14 NKJV) When you encounter rejection, shake it off and move on. Sooner or later you will succeed if you don’t quit. Don’t personalise it; because someone rejects what you have to offer doesn’t mean they’re rejecting you. Paul writes: ‘For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.’ (1 Corinthians 16:9 NKJV)
Opportunity and opposition – they go together like macaroni and cheese. Life is not going to hand you success on a silver platter; you’ve got to overcome adversity and outlast the opposition in order to walk through the door. And only two things are required: your faith and God’s favour.
SoulFood: Jer 14-17, Matt 24:29-36, Ps 69:1-18, Pro 8:27-29
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2014