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Ron Writes

Please Don’t Reject Me!

Ever worry about what “they” are thinking? Or worry about what “they” are saying or doing? You know “they.” They’re experts on the car you should drive, the house you live in, the clothes you wear, the games you play – “they” are tyrants! They can keep us up nights.

God called Moses and he responded, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say? For they may say, “The Lord has not appeared to you” (Ex. 4:1, emphasis mine). Whatever “they” think can control you. Moses had been rejected 40 years earlier and he was still paralyzed, withdrawn and passive.

Willard Tate writes “What do you suppose is the greatest fear with most people? I’m convinced that if we were to carry signs expressing it, they would read, “Please don’t reject me.

Jesus was “Despised and rejected” (Isa. 53:3). He was never loved by everyone and He’s still not. “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him” (Jn. 1:11). Jesus experienced every form of rejection that we have. But, He didn’t allow rejection to define Him. We can’t let the fear of rejection define us either.

Jesus was rejected, but He didn’t reject in return. He ministers to the rejected. He ministers to tax collectors, prostitutes, adulterers and sinners. He reminds us over and over of our worth to God. He encourages us to live life with purpose.

We are reminded, over and over, “For He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me” (Heb. 13:5b-6)? Jesus didn’t come into the world to judge it, but to save it (Jn. 3:17). Christian: trust in the promise!