Over scrambled eggs and bacon, a young friend shared his heart. He had applied for a position as a pastor. He was gifted and felt he could serve the Lord in this church. Then he got the word from the search committee. He wasn't one of their major candidates. There was little chance that he would get the opportunity. He had been rejected.
As I look back over my life, rejection has been one of the most discouraging things I have faced. Jesus faced the worst kind. He was rejected by His own people. John 1: 11 puts it like this. "He came unto His own, but His own received Him not." This, however, was not the end of the story.
Hundreds of years before Jesus came to earth the psalmist wrote Psalm 118: 23, "The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone."
Because Jesus was rejected, He was placed on a cross, the cross that provides forgiveness for our sins, and when He rose again He became the Cornerstone, the foundation for the Church God is building today.
Rather than being discouraged, my young friend was resilient. He was trusting in the LORD. Wise beyond his years he had already learned to say, "The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation." Psalm 118:14
LORD, you have taught my friend to face rejection with grace and hope. Thank you for protecting him. Thank you that he did not lose confidence in the gifts You have given him and Your wisdom to provide the right place and the right time for him to use those gifts to build Your Church.
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