Overcoming Offenses and Rejection by Pastor Charles Ewing.
Offenses and rejections can be difficult to handle, but they are part of life. Even Jesus faced rejection and offenses, yet he remained steadfast in his faith and purpose. In Mark 6, we read about Jesus returning to his hometown, where the people rejected him. They were offended by him, thinking of him only as the son of Mary and Joseph, not the Son of God. They failed to see the miracles he performed and the teachings he shared. Jesus knew who he was, and he didn’t let offenses sidetrack or intimidate him. Let’s explore “Overcoming Offenses and Rejection.”
In Isaiah 61 and Psalm 27, we find comfort and encouragement to overcome offenses and rejection. When Jesus read from Isaiah 61 in the synagogue, the people rejected him, thinking he was just an ordinary man. But Jesus knew his purpose and didn’t let their rejection keep him from fulfilling God’s plan for his life.
In Psalm 27, David expresses confidence in the Lord, saying, “The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?” When David faced offenses and foes, he didn’t fear because he trusted in the Lord. He knew that the Lord was with him, and he didn’t let offenses or rejections keep him from his calling.
We, too, must not let offenses and rejections sidetrack us from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives. It can be hard when people close to us don’t understand or accept us, but we must remain confident in who we are in Christ. Like David, we must trust in the Lord and seek to dwell in his house.
When we face adversity, we must use it as a stepping stone to reach our potential. Offenses and rejections can make us run away from God, but they can also make us run towards Him. We should use these experiences to draw closer to God and ask Him to reveal His purpose for our lives.
Joseph’s story in the Bible is a great example of someone who faced rejection and offenses but remained steadfast in his faith. Joseph’s brothers were offended by his dreams and sold him into slavery. Yet, God used Joseph’s adversity to fulfill His plan and purpose for Joseph’s life. In the end, Joseph was exalted to a position of power and used his influence to save his family from famine.
In conclusion, offenses and rejections are a part of life, but they don’t have to define us. We must remain confident in who we are in Christ and use our experiences to draw closer to God and fulfill His purpose for our lives. Like Joseph and David, we must trust in the Lord and not fear when we face adversity. With God’s help, we can overcome offenses and rejections and live a life that honors Him.