The Blessing of Rejection
He spoke of how he doesn't even like the sound of the word. Go ahead, try it for yourself. Say it a few times. "Rejection, rejection, REJECTION!"
Even as he spoke, I thought about the sound it makes...like the "Paid" stamp at my desk. Each time you push it, you hear the head rotate down and then strike the paper firmly before rolling back to it's starting position.
Can you hear it? Rejection. Rejection. RE (the head rolls)JECT(paper strike)ION(the head returns to rest).
I live in fear of rejection. Have for as long as I can remember. There is an 'audio loop' in my head that says to me...'you are not enough', 'you are going to fail', 'everyone will see you for who you really are...and they will leave.' It is a lie...my heart tells me so...but this monster refuses to die. Even when it sleeps, all it takes is a look, a word, from someone I love and he rises to rumble around in my head once again.
So, I sit and I listen to the Pastor's words thinking to myself, "How can rejection ever be a blessing?" And then he breaks the bread of Romans 11. Israel rejected the gospel; but God never rejected them...even today, a remnant remains...just as Paul himself believed, so do a minority today.
Where is the blessing in rejection?
For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? Romans 11:15
The reconciliation of the world...the reconciliation of myself, a Gentile, to the Lord Almighty. And in the fullness of time, the majority of the natural branches will be grafted back in.
Rejection = Blessing...only in God's economy would that ever work out!
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgements, and his paths beyond tracing out!
Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?
Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Edited on Monday, February 14 to link up to the "Hear It On Sunday, Use It On Monday" community at Graceful!