(1 Peter 2:7- Therefore to you who believer, He is precious, but to those who are disobedient. “The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Chief Cornerstone.) Nobody likes being rejected-at least I know I don’t. Even those whom we look up to or admire in some way have had to face rejection. If you ever heard a celebrity tell their story, being rejected at some point in their lives is mentioned. For example, Michael Jordan didn’t make the varsity basketball team his sophomore year of High School. When he calls that moment in his life, he even remembers going home and crying. Oprah Winfrey, another well admired celebrity, was fired from her job as a television reporter because she was and was "unfit for tv”. So, as you can see, rejection affects everyone, not leaving the most affluent or well accepted out of its grasp.
For us as believers who come face to face with rejection, we must be reminded that even our Savior had faced rejection in His life. People just didn’t understand Him because they were looking for a King who would rescue them from their troubles. The idea of Jesus as the Messiah was countlessly dismissed; most often by His own people! The Messiah was right in their face and they couldn’t even tell, nor did they want to believe it. But why? It’s because Jesus didn’t come the way they were expecting Him to. His people at that time were looking for King Jesus, the one who would free them from political and social injustices. However, the Jesus that appeared was a humble servant who came to offer forgiveness of sins. Although He was indeed a King, he knew that He had a bigger mission to accomplish- even if that meant being despised, overlooked, and dismissed. He looked beyond that to become the Savior to those who would reject Him. He died for our sins and then went back to heaven at God’s right hand. (Ephesians 1:20). (Isaiah 53:3 says this- We despised Him and rejected Him—a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief.)
We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way when He went by. He was despised, and we didn’t care.) Yet knowing that rejection would be a constant factor in His life, Jesus went on to become the Savior of the world. A man, constantly demised became our access to a Holy God. He went from being overlooked to be the most important man in the world. Why most important? It’s because He became the only way to salvation. Accepting Him as Lord and Savior determine where we go after this life. From what many would consider a nobody to Savior. He didn’t allow rejection to stop Him from fulfilling His mission and now due to His obedience, He is the King of all kings.
Christ knew that better was coming if He continued in obedience despite the rejection He faced. This is what we must think of whenever rejection takes place in our lives. Yes, it does hurt, but we should not let that deter us from fulfilling whatever mission God has set out for us to accomplish. Think about a puzzle piece, you may not think one piece is important, but they all are because if one is missing the puzzle will not be complete. Like that puzzle piece, no one thinks rejection is necessary but if you were to look over your life, and see all those moments of rejection, though painful, they were instrumental in directing you (or keeping you) on the path God designed for you. So, don’t be upset if you’re feeling rejected, whether it’s not getting a job, not getting that scholarship, not going to the school you really wanted to go to etc., remember that God has better for you. Remember Jesus and the rejection He faced and how he yet persisted. Stay humble and watch God exalt you, even a ‘no’ from God is vital to your growth in Him.