Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to
explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly
Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This
morning we seek to understand the spiritual value of rejection.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Spiritual Value of Rejection
"And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, 'A prophet is not without honour,
save in his own country, and in his own house.'" Matthew, Chapter 13, Verse 57.
Good morning, brothers and sisters. We know when we are rejected. We feel as if we have in some
way been diminished, that some vital part of us has been lost or damaged. We are all familiar with
this cruel fact in some way, but the value of rejection is not always a bad thing and ultimately it can
be a good thing. But even so, almost at once our minds begin working, wondering how rejection can
be a good thing, especially when our hearts are set on the thing that has been denied us or has been
identified as the center of our happiness. Why are we rejected in the first place? And how are we
supposed to cope with this ugly reality?
Perhaps the greatest personal rejection in our mortal lives follows on the heels of identifying a mate
who then either immediately or sometime later rejects us. Either right or wrong, we are found
wanting, but oftentimes we feel that the explanation given is not the truth, that it does not fit all the
known facts surrounding the circumstances of the rejection. When this rejection happens, we
immediately feel the shock of it as we perceive our hopes and dreams and desires go up in smoke.
Next follows anger as we realize the full impact of the rejection. We are angry because we feel that
somehow we have been done wrong, have been cheated out of something that we were led to believe
was ours or felt that we had a pretty good chance of obtaining it; or simply because we set our hearts
upon it before checking out the feasibility of it becoming ours. Sometimes we acted prematurely. We
wanted the object so badly that we threw all reason into the wind, and it was blown far away so that
we could not recover it. And having done that, we only have our heart to drive us without the pilot
of reason to steer us.
Sometimes after we have been rejected, we realize after some time has passed that it was good thing
because the reality that we had hoped for was not the reality that actually came into existence. And
then the sorrow and disappointment that we felt for all those years turned immediately into joy and
success, as we savor the pitfall from which we escaped through being rejected. Thank you, Jesus.
As we ponder the fact of rejection and search our hearts and minds trying to discover the fault,
sometimes in our search we discover something else, something far superior. Sometimes the tears
and sorrow can have a cleansing effect so that we can see more clearly. Sometimes things that have
been obscured from our vision appear in bold relief after the cleansing. Sometimes these tears can
help clear out the dusty corridors of our minds and souls and reveal clearly what else lies within. In
any case, it can be a good thing if we allow for a higher value to surface.
When we undertake to find a temporal reason for a rejection, we eventually may find one. But when
we undertake to find an eternal reason for the rejection, there is none to be found. All temporal
acceptances and temporal rejections equal the same thing when we are brought face to face with the
final rejection of life: death. We are in the habit of proceeding though life as if temporal realities are
eternal ones (in the spirit of eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die). And I suppose to some
extent this can be useful. It can prevent us from sliding into a grave of despair. There is absolutely
nothing that we can do to change the fact of mortal death. But there does exist a way that we can
transcend it. We can rise to a higher level of existence.
The Father through His Son, Jesus, offers salvation after we have been rejected by the mortal life.
And as hard as it may be for our minds to comprehend, God lives within us. And this is the guarantee
and proof that we shall survive. So when we suffer a temporal rejection, we should realize that far
from being diminished in the process, we remain undiminished. Even the rejection of mortal life
cannot diminish us in the least. Rejection should help us to see clearly, to see the infinite love of the
Father bathing us, and constantly accepting us, and reminding us who we really are. We are his
children and we are precious in his sight. We should allow the tears of sorrow that spring from
temporal rejection to wash away the fog of selfishness and temporal goals and reveal the clarity of
the eternal acceptance and the joy of someone who really loves us---the heavenly Father.
This concludes today's message on understanding the spiritual value of rejection. We hope you find
something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.