In life, there are times when each of us most likely feel that we are completely misunderstood and seek acceptance from those we come in contact with. Feeling dejected, rejected and alone sets us on a journey of self-discovery which eventually leads us to the truth: Rejection does not mean you aren’t good enough; it means the other person failed to notice what you have to offer; your value.

Let’s take a look at a familiar passage of scripture that comes from the book of John, Chapter One in the New Testament.

John came as a witness to testify concerning the light, which we as bible readers, know to be Jesus. His purpose was so that through him all men might believe. John WAS NOT the light but testified concerning the light.

The scripture goes on to say that He, Jesus (the light of the world) was in the world but the world did not recognize him. It goes on to say, he came to his own but his own did not receive him. But to those who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave them the right to become children of God. Let’s stop here for a minute.

This passage of scripture shows us that John was a forerunner preparing people for Jesus coming and how Jesus became flesh and how many did not receive him, the Messiah. Wow!

He came to HIS OWN and they didn’t recognize or receive him. Double wow!

Do you believe he may have felt some kind of way?

Let’s take a look at Luke 10:16. From the NIV it states…”Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

The NLT reads: “Then he said to his disciples, “Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me. And anyone who rejects me is rejecting God, who sent me.”

So when people reject you as you go about on your God-ordained assignment of just being you and delivering the Good News, who are they actually rejecting?

Jesus told them beforehand that he was sending them (the disciples) as lambs among wolves.

He told them what to take with them, what to do when they got to their various locations and how to act upon leaving. If you know that you know that you know that you know that you are following the leading, guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit and yet are rejected by man, know that you are in good company. People despised and rejected Jesus, the then disciples, as with the modern day disciples are often rejected as each of us go about spreading the good news trying to reach those who are lost

Dr. Steve Maraboli wrote: “Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” Rejection by man leads us to acceptance by God (If we are following His leadings) which is real good.

The most important thing we can do is not have self-rejection. As we move through life, we will have enough opposition and rejections from others. Don’t allow self-rejection to hinder you from being authentic and true to your purpose. You are fearfully and wonderfully made and approved by God!

You are valuable, lovable, and SOMEBODY! Allow yourself the freedom to be true to your calling; who you are and who you were created to be despite disapproval of others. You are here for a reason and a season.

God created each of us and said that EVERYTHING He made was good. Start to see yourself as He sees you. He thought you and I were worth saving, so He came and changed our lives!!! Know your worth! God does! And help others find their true worth in and through sharing Him with those that are lost and hurting.

Remember: He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Phil. 1:6 KJV) Let Him finish what He started in you. You are not rejected: You my friend are loved, called, qualified, and chosen for such a time as this. You are well able.

One last thing, as you go out, don’t try to seek revenge on others for their rejection. Vengeance belongs to the Lord and He will repay. How and when is none of our business. Just love people God’s way according to the word. And don’t try to knock doors down trying to gain acceptance and approval of others; allow God to open the doors, windows and whatever else He has for you to walk through. Fully surrender to the call and He will put you exactly where He wants you.

Embrace those who receive you. Shake the dust off your feet and move on from those that don’t.

You’re not rejected but being re-directed to something better.

Peace & Blessings!