All of us have experienced rejection in one way or another. It’s often painful, but also an eye-opener.
Don’t you know that others believe rejection is only a myth, something we create in our minds? Well, don’t take my word seriously unless you see these simple steps that follow.
1. Remember: No One Is Immune to Rejection.
If you have been rejected, you are not alone.
The truth is, no one is immune to rejection.
Even God was rejected. In the history of Israel, God and His Words were rejected many times. King David himself was rejected too. But he rose from the ashes of rejection to dominion.
In fact, before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah already foresaw. “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.”
So if God, Jesus, and other great men and women were rejected, it helps to think you’re not alone.
2. Remain Realistic on Possible Rejection.
Expect the unexpected, so they say. Jesus too expected rejection so he was not surprised about it. “But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation,” he said.
Jesus even instructed his disciples to get ready because they will certainly experience rejection as they do the will of God.
He said to the seventy-two disciples, “whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
Rejection is not just a possibility, but a reality. It could happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone.
When someone rejects you for doing God’s will, remember that the person rejected God first before you. A classic example of this is Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians saying, “Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.”
3. Reject Rejection Until You Win.
Don’t take it personally. People say “no” not because they reject you but your offer, your product, concept or view. It’s about your proposal, not you as a person.
When you go to someone and they reject, know if it’s you or your proposal. Remember, this is just part of the process. So, just move on.
If someone rejects you then think about it this way. This dismissive person does not appreciate your potential and the possibilities that you could be better. Therefore, you could be a threat to his or her personality, position or plan.
The good thing is this, there will always be someone out there who wants you to succeed. In fact, God wants you to succeed and be significant by being faithful and obedient to His directions.
Some people suffer because they do not know the importance of what they have just rejected. A classic example was when many failed in “holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.”
Rejection can be destructive, depending on what or who is being rejected. John said, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”
This often is quoted in the Bible. “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”
Are you aware of what is being offered to you? It’s either you receive it or reject it.
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017