In our youth group last night we explored reasons why we find it hard to share our faith story with others. The number one reason was REJECTION.
We all want to be liked. We all want to be loved. We all want to be accepted. None of us really wants to be rejected.
As I've thought about this today it struck me the Jesus' most glorified momnet was also his moment of deepest rejection:
At the garden of Gethsemene his closest followers ran off - peer rejection!
His best mate (who promised to be there for him!) denies knowing him three times - friendship rejection!
The crowds that hailed him a king now hates him and calls for his death - community rejection!
God the Father turns his face away - ultimate rejection!
We will never be rejected as badly as Jesus - God will never turn his face from us as long as we live. But we need to know that if we are to follow Jesus we will most likely find ourselves being rejected by others. Jesus tells us to take up our cross.
Are we willing to follow Jesus even if we are rejected by family, friends or community? We at least know that when we are rejected by others becuase of faith - God stands with us.