Why is the first thought seemingly always rejection?
It's funny how when you see something that has the word "God" in it how a person can automatically feel like they don't measure up. They instantly span through all the really mean or less than honorable stuff they did in their lives and distance themselves from anything that would remotely remind them of the life choices they were not proud of. They reject the notion that answers, resolution, peace could be found with God before they attempting to see the benefits of trying. Human is human. Everybody makes mistakes and if you've lived long enough you'll realize that we need a savior for the very reasons that try to discourage us from seeking him. On some occasions I think that we can be so hard on ourselves that we don't really embrace the fact that we deserve the best just as much as anyone else does. Whether self punishment, or fatalistic thinking...I think that the message God makes to us in Christ's salvation message is
clear in that God saw us as the underdog in life's situations already. He knew that we could not do overcome the oppression of sin, nor it's rule (influence) in our lives by ourselves. The Bible states that Jesus became a sacrifice for us who knew no sin that we might partake of his life.
2 Corinthians 5:21New King James Version (NKJV)
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Peter 1:2-3King James Version (KJV)
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
The Bible also tells us that Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly. It is the devil that comes to steal, kill, and destroy....
John 10:10King James Version (KJV)
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Yet, sometimes I wonder if the first thing that pops up in our minds is "God is going to reject me and I can't take another failure." My friend, that could be further from the truth. But it will take courage on your part to try something new. It will take courage to move past your comfort zones of defeatism and into a world of experiences that God has in store for you. You don't have to accept defeat just because your afraid somebody won't like you. My hunch is, that's part of what brought you to the place of recognizing that you needed the help of God on some level.
My prayer is that you would continue to find revelation in the knowledge of God's love for you through Christ Jesus and be redeemed in your life's experiences. God wants to give you more than just a good feeling. He wants to give you a life, pardoned from sin, and in full access to relationship, blessings, and promises through his love. The faster you believe that the faster you will overcome those negative conversations within you that cause you to resist trusting God more. Maybe this moment will be a moment of change for you... Amen.
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Calvin L. Smith, MA, LPC
Calvin is a licensed Christian Counselor. He received his first masters degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University.
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