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"But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God." ~John 1:12

I have been very preoccupied with rejection lately, worried that the masses will reject what I bring to the table at work, in my family, in ministry, to life itself. A preoccupation with rejection often threatens to keep me from offering what God has placed in me to give to the world. But Jesus, the one who brought light into the world, the supreme gift, carried the reality of rejection his whole life. Time and time again, he was rejected, and yet, he never withheld the gift of salvation to avoid the sting of rejection. Because he absorbed the misery of rejection, I have the gift of belonging—acceptance into the family of God where the word rejection has no meaning and carries no wait.


And now, I have the same opportunity. The chance to shun the intimidation of alienation so that someone else can experience the misery of rejection being swallowed whole by the love of God  who waits to accept us into his growing family. What an honor to love another the way Christ has loved me!


So today, when preoccupation with rejection hangs overhead, instead of shrinking back and withholding what God has given me to use to spread his love, I chose to stand tall, to be the light that draws another to the love of Christ.


What would it look like for you to risk rejection so that another might experience the healing power of belonging?

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