Luke 9 Lesson

Handling Rejection

REJECTION

Rejection comes with the territory when you are a Christian.

Jesus wants to make sure that His disciples understand this.

That is why He often talked about rejection within His inner circle, and why the Bible has preserved His teachings for us to learn from.

THE GREAT COMMISSION

In what is commonly referred to as, “The Great Commission,” Jesus commands us to share the Gospel:

  • “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,baptizingthem in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Mathew 28:19-20.

As Christians, we need to take this command seriously, and whatever talents that we have been blessed with; we need to put them to work for the Lord

GOD HAS A PLAN FOR EACH OF US

All of us are required to respond to the Great Commission. None of us are exempt!

How we respond to the Great Commission is different for each of us.   God has created a unique plan, custom-made, for all of us!  If we arehumbleenough to follow it, with God's help, we will do great things for the Lord!  

The Prophet Jeremiah wrote about this in the following scripture:

  • For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ” - Jeremiah 29:11.

As we head out to do God’s work, we need to trust in God’s unique plan for us and allow it to unfold. When new people come into our lives, we need to consider the fact that God may have brought them into our lives for a reason. 

And as share with others our faith, we are going to face rejection.  Knowing what the Bible says about how to handle rejection allows us to persevereand continue our service to the Lord.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT REJECTION

The Bible has a lot to say about rejection. For today’s study, we have highlighted the following four verses:

  1. “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” - John 15:18,
  2. “For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me up.” - Psalm 27:10,
  3. “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.” - John 1:11,
  4. “The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.” – Luke 10:16.

HOW JESUS WANTS US TO HANDLE REJECTION

Jesus was very candid when He spoke about rejection.  He taught us how to handle it and prepared us for the reality that it will occur.

Jesus faced rejection, the Apostles did, and so will we. When the Apostles were met with rejection, Jesus instructed them to dust themselves off and move on with the mission:

  • “And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” – Luke 9:5.

PERSEVERING!

Facing rejection is necessary, but it is not fun.  It hurts to get rejected. 

As Christians, we need to be able to shake off rejection and continue doing the work for the Lord.  We must persevere and remain hopeful in the Lord, keeping the big picture of eternal salvation close to our hearts.

There is an important relationship between endurance, perseverance, and hope, as depicted in the following three scriptures:

  1. “Blessedis a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” – James 1:2,
  2. “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” - Galatians 6:9,
  3. “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” - Romans 5:3-5.

If we are going to persevere, we need to keep reminding ourselves, and each other, of the hope that we have in Jesus.  Because of His sacrifice, we have the hope of eternal life in heaven, about which, the Apostle Paul wrote:  

  • “For I consider that the sufferingsof this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” –Romans 8:18.

CONCLUSION

All of us will face rejection when trying to share with others our love for the Lord.

Jesus faced rejection. 

The apostles faced rejection. 

And if we try to share the Gospel, we will face rejection also.

That is ok.  Rejection comes with the territory for a Christian. And while many will reject the Gospel, some will not, and the heavens rejoice over even one saved soul! (Luke 15:7)

Our job is to persevere.

Our job is to endure.

And with the help of the Holy Spirit and the encouragement of the scriptures, we have everything that we need to do just that.

We will end today’s lesson with these beautiful words written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy. They are the same words that we hope to be able to say when our time on earth is up:

  • “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” –2 Timothy 4:7-8.

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