“’Do you now believe?’ Jesus replied. ‘A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:31-32
We live in a culture that loves to reject people. Our culture often jumps at the opportunity to speak negatively to someone else, especially on social media, just because they can. But as a child of God, you need to understand that you are different. You do not belong to this world. You belong to Jesus Christ. And because of that, you are going to have to risk being rejected by other people because of your faith. Specifically, there are three ways you’re going to risk rejection:
- You’re going to risk rejection when you seek to live pure and stand for what is right. There are going to be people in your life who don’t agree with your lifestyle and your decision-making. But God has not called us to be winners of popularity contests. Rather, he wants us to be involved in being proclaimers. Our words and our actions make all the difference when it comes to how people view Christians, so living a life that exemplifies your faith is so important, even if not everyone accepts your lifestyle.
- You’re going to risk rejection when you desire to witness vocally. When was the last time you shared Christ with someone who did not believe? When you have spoken with someone about repenting of their sin and placing their faith in Christ? These can be difficult, even uncomfortable conversations, but God has called us to boldly proclaim Him to the people around us, even if it means being rejected.
- You’re going to risk rejection when you begin to walk committed. When you decide to not take any shortcuts with your faith and when you go all in with your relationship with Christ, I can pretty much guarantee you’re going to face some sort of rejection, whether it be from your family, friends, co-workers, or people you don’t even know. Remember, Jesus wasn’t accepted by everyone either. He faced His share of rejection. But He stood strong in His calling, His purpose, and His Heavenly Father, and I would encourage you to do the same.
The rejoicing of our victory will only be as great as the risk we have run in rejection. God calls you to be committed. So the question is, will you fully commit even if it means being rejected?