by Carolyn Hope
“Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. ‘Where did this man get these things?’ they asked. ‘What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?’ And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.’ He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.” (Mark 6:1-6)
Every person is born with an inherent need for acceptance. When we are rejected, it wounds us at our core. Rejection is a knife that plunges deep into the heart. It can result in depression, anxiety, and insecurity. When you’re rejected, you often doubt yourself and wonder, “What’s wrong with me?” If you’re rejected long enough, you begin to feel defeated and hopeless. This is especially true when rejection comes from someone you care deeply for.
In this world, you are going to be rejected. It doesn’t matter how hard you try to be what everyone wants you to be. Jesus was the only perfect person who has ever walked this earth, and even He was rejected. People will find a reason to reject you. They’ll reject you based on anything and everything: your appearance, your style, your personality, your job, your social class, your upbringing, etc. You can either live unfazed by rejection or tormented by it. You have an enemy who is threatened by your presence, and thereby seeks to keep you locked in fear through experiences of rejection.
There is good news: the rejection of the world cannot compare to the acceptance of Christ. If you let Him be the source of your identity, instead of basing your value on others’ opinions of you, you will become free from the effects of rejection. You’ll be able to walk in courage and boldness because no matter what any person thinks of you, you’ll know the truth of what Jesus says about you.
You are worthy. You are loved. You are beautiful and strong, and enough. You don’t have to measure up to the standard of the world; simply accept the love of your Father. His arms are always open to you. He will never reject you. He loves you and accepts you without reserve. Grab onto hope today. You can live confident and free in the One who made you and fully accepts you.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe