Word 4U Today



We all come up against rejection. Jesus had a lot of it. ‘He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.’ (John 1:11).

There are two ‘His owns’ here:

first is His very own created universe, belonging to Him. And the second ‘his own’ did not receive Him: this means His people, those whom he chose and loved as His own, didn’t want to be seen near Him.

Ow! They even accused Him of being a fake (check out Matthew 12:24… and most other things the Pharisees said.)  Well, when God gives you a passion for something, when you’re dead set on making a positive change, more often than not it’s certainly not a dead end (unless you’re stepping out of God-honoring motives and into something a bit reckless or stupid – worth asking your church leader if you want to double-check!)

Jesus didn’t let one person’s voice keep His quiet; He simply moved on and took His life-giving message to whoever would listen (‘to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God’ v.12.) So, what matters most, rejection or reaction?

Whenever you feel put down by someone’s dismissal of you, going back to God first is your best bet.

What now?
Put this into practice for those around you. Say someone has an idea you don’t like – if you’re tempted to shoot them down straight away, stop and ask yourself “What’s the best version of this idea that I could imagine? What do I think of that?” Talk that through with the person, and remember to give them the credit for its foundation!

‘…His own received him not.’ John 1:11 KJV

Joy Ferdiz

March 29th, 2014

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