When I was in 5th grade, there was this cute girl in my class that I really liked. One day on the playground, I had a friend ask for me if she wanted to be my girlfriend—this was an unspoken 5th grade rule after all, you can’t just ask her yourself. It was a humid, sunny day right before the end of the school year. We were playing kickball on the playground, and my friend went over to ask her the big question. You know that uncomfortable feeling when you know other people are talking about you? Yeeeeah. After a few seconds, I saw my friend walking back to me—slowly—head hanging low.
She said no.
I wish I could tell you that this was the first and last time I’ve ever felt rejection. But you know that’s not true.
We experience it early in life—getting picked last in gym class, not getting to sit with the “cool kids” in the cafeteria, or maybe for some your own family rejected you as a child. Later on, it gets worse. You didn’t get into the school you wanted to. You got turned down for a job again. You can’t seem to ever get a date. Your co-workers don’t seem to like you. You’re constantly passed over for opportunities. Someone you thought you could trust turned their back on you.
I think you get it.
And so we do two very dangerous things: we worry about being rejected, and we work really hard to be accepted.
When was the last time you lost sleep over whether or not someone liked you? Have you ever spent a ridiculous amount of money or gone into debt so people would think you’ve got it all together? What about those times you feel the need to send emails late at night so your boss will approve of you? (Did that one hurt a little?)
In John 6:37, Jesus said, “Those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.”
Jesus has accepted you. Jesus loves you. He’s for you.
You don’t have to worry about being rejected by people because you’ve already been accepted by Jesus.
I want you to do something a little silly. I want you to repeat that out loud: “I don’t have to worry about being rejected by people because I’ve already been accepted by Jesus.” Go on. Say it.
I hope you’ll live abundantly and freely today, knowing you’re accepted by Jesus.