Rejection is hard, plain hard. No one likes it, or the awkward lonely feeling that it brings.
To be rejected is to be refused, discarded or cast out. Jesus knows how that feels, to the fullest extent. That is how He can say these words…
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:12
God’s people have been rejected and persecuted from the beginning and it continues to this day. You see, those that are different, those who walk to a different code, who step away from the norm in this world will naturally be rejected.
I want to be really honest to those of us who are Christians in the United States. Do we really know about rejection? Really? Your child doesn’t get invited to the party, is left out at recess or not picked for the team, maybe even made fun of. I get it, it hurts a bit.
Let’s for a moment put things in perspective. How does that compare to not being able to attend school, being physically attacked or having your home burnt to the ground? Truth is, it doesn’t compare, not at all.
Mama Bears, we have to and we must remind ourselves to look outside of the little box our lives have become, and teach our children to do the same.
Rejection of who we are along with our faith is going to come, yet that doesn’t stop the call from Jesus that we choose to rejoice in the face of rejection. How do we live it and teach our kids to do the same? Let’s dig in and find out how –
Rejoice and be glad …
To Rejoice is to be glad, take delight in or to make joyful.
To be Glad is to show cheerfulness or joy, but it also means to be very willing.
Are we very willing to brush off rejection and choose joy? You see it all comes down to this, it is a choice. There are days this choice will be easier than others, but it is our choice to make, our children’s choice to make, and Jesus reminds us that it will be worth it.
…because great is your reward in heaven…
Jesus tells us to set our sights higher, to set them on Heaven, that is where our real reward is.
I’m going to be honest, I don’t often think of heavenly rewards, it seems I am more interested in earthy ones.
What reward does await us in heaven? Streets of gold are mentioned, mansions are mentioned, even crowns are mentioned. I like all of those, believe me I do, but they are hard to wrap my mind around.
Here is a reward I can grab hold of, For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’” Revelation 7:17
You see, Jesus will be there. The Jesus I love, the Jesus I have taught my children all about, trusting that they love Him too. When we arrive in heaven, there He will be, our Great Shepherd. He will take us by the hand and lead us to refreshing, living, eternal water. And then… the hand of God will come and wipe every tear, every heartbreak, every disappointment from our eyes. Oh my, what a reward.
We don’t hear much about Heaven these days, and I’m not sure why. Is it because we are so busy, trying to make Heaven here on Earth that we have lowered our sights?
Let’s lift our sights. Let’s talk of Heaven and dream of Heaven, with our children.
…for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Jesus reminds us, that rejection is nothing new, many who have walked this faith walk before us were very willing to choose to rejoice in the midst of rejection, prison and even death.
Let’s tell our children of the prophets and the martyrs who have paved the way. We can learn much from their testimonies, and you can find many of their stories here Jesus Freaks: Martyrs: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus: The Ultimate Jesus Freaks.
A Mama Bear Prayer
Father I bring _______ before You today, I ask that when he/she faces rejection of any kind, that you help _______ to be very willing to choose to rejoice, and to take delight in You. I thank you for the promise of a Heavenly reward, may _______ cling to Your promise and set her/his sights toward Heaven in times of rejection. In Jesus Name – Amen
A Prayer for You Mama Bear
Father, I bring my friend before You today, may she choose to rejoice in times of rejection. May you give her abundant wisdom as a guide in times when her children face rejection. Remind her daily of her great reward in Heaven and may she set her sights not on this world, but higher, in heavenly places. Remind her of those who have paved the way before her, the persecuted and suffering. Let her take strength in their testimonies and remind her to tell their stories to her children. In Jesus Name – Amen