‘Those who labour in the Earth are the chosen people of God, if ever He had a chosen people’- Thomas Jefferson
Rejection is painful. The impact of it can leave a mark on the soul, almost as a physical impact leaves a mark on the body. Being left out, cast aside, ignored and overlooked goes against the grain of our hearts. We were made to be seen and valued, rejection flies directly in the face of this.
Strong feelings of rejection wormed their way into my life this week, a result of circumstance and my own perceptions. Perception plays a big part in rejection; I believe it is the match that lights the fire, the thought that initiates rejection feelings- blazing a trail for the enemies work in our lives.
In the midst of the struggle I felt God leading me to adjust my perception. He was beckoning me to come up that bit higher in my thinking, to view things from His vast perspective.
I read this week about the wonderful paradox of the kingdom of God being upside down and inside out. The last being first and the first being last. He that would be the greatest being the servant of all. Jesus seems to delight in glorious paradoxes.
It is those of us who feel the most rejected who have unprecedented reasons to rejoice;
‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad’- Psalm 118 v 22-24
God takes pleasure in seeking out the rejected for the sole purpose of choosing them.
We are chosen. If we feel rejection, we know it is just that- a feeling. We can choose to change our perception and focus on the knowledge that we have already been chosen. Better still, we’ll be in good company (John 15 v 18).
We can use rejection as a catalyst for mission. Let it propel us out into the highways and byways of our cities, seeking out the overlooked and forgotten ones.
We can be intentional about living with our eyes open, noticing the people around us, seeing the unseen amongst us. And when we see them, we can choose them. Choose to show kindness, choose to encourage them, choose to befriend them, choose to feed and clothe them, choose to listen to them and choose to honour them.
When we do this something beautiful will happen to them…they will become the cornerstones of life. We will watch with awe and worship, exclaiming in wonder;
The Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes.
Who is a potential cornerstone in your life?