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Worth The Rejection

March 2008

     If you're like me, you've already found yourselves in circumstances where you really were not wanted or appreciated. This brings us the pain of rejection.
     Rejection . . . Open the pages of your Bible to Hebrews 11 and you'll discover a gripping, almost gruesome litany of the sufferings of an entire group of rejected people - people that suffered stonings, "they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (of whom the world was not worthy) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth."
     Why did these outcasts experience this level of rejection?
     These people were committed to obedience to God. They were disciples who loved the Lord Jesus far more deeply than they loved the acceptance their cultures offered. They were committed to strange ethics - things like loving their enemies, doing good to all men, and walking with Christ in other-worldly spirituality. Living this life - and not just talking about it as so many contemporary Christians are satisfied to do - made them people who felt no acceptance and had no comfort zone in society. They were the rejects of the rejects.
     Now bear with me as I ask you a question . . . Is there anything in your life for which you would be so willing to be that rejected? Do you have any purpose in your life that you would be willing to die for?
     Likely not your business. Or your bank account. Or a promotion. Certainly not a hockey championship. Even most relationships are not that valuable.
But if you deeply, personally know Christ, then you know that Christ is that important. You understand why people would commit to Him to the point they would wander and die as suffering rejects.
     And if you do not know Him, then you are hungry for purpose, for meaning, for something (or Someone) that would be worth living and suffering for. Let me assure you that Christ is the only cure for empty lives.
     Perhaps you have already committed to Him half-heartedly. In that event, as you have probably sensed, you need to give all your life to Him to find the depth of His love and His purpose. And when you choose to do that, expect a touch of rejection from a previously accepting society or even a previously accepting church.
     It's a strange world when loving the noblest Person who ever lived can make you an outcast. It's also strange that holding to the highest ethics of love a human can hold to should make you so worthy of suffering. But this is the effect of following Christ.
     Do you want true spiritual nobility and deep spiritual substance? Commit your life to Him and obey Him in all your actions and you will taste of it. And the more fully you taste, the less popular you will become on the status charts of your world-preoccupied friends and neighbors.
     By no means seek rejection or unnecessarily savor suffering.
     But do seek Christ and accept what comes as a result. . . . Even rejection. After all, He is worth it all.

- Arlin Weaver
   Fordwich, ON