Saturday, April 30, 2011
Wouldn't the world be different if we weren't all running the 'fear' program in the background of life. It's like a virus on your computer that seems to be making your 'vision' run slow and sometimes will crash the whole 'dream'. We know that the 'dream' is definitely running, but there's something always hindering its ability to run in its fullest capacity.
It seems that life's biggest fear is the fear of rejection and abandonment. Sure, there is the fear of rejection we get from a boss, a friend, or even a parent. But the ultimate fear is being rejecting for who we are. We are vulnerable in our flesh.
I don't think it's a coincidence that our ultimate fear has already been lived out by Jesus. He was completely rejected for who He was. Killed for the purpose he claimed to fulfill. He has already lived out what we fear the most. And even while doing that he asked the Father to forgive those that rejected Him; 'Father forgive them for they know not what they do'.
In desperation, Jesus asks the Father, "Why have you forsaken me?" He felt completely abandoned and rejected. Nothing compared to what we might think when we imagine being rejected. That would look something like this;
You're not good enough to be a pro athlete.
I don't want to be your friend.
I'm divorcing you because I don't love you.
You're fired. You didn't perform as well as we'd hoped.
You failed your exam, you don't graduate.
You're a terrible parent.
Son, why can't you be more like your brother/sister?
But guess what? You haven't been crucified.
Suddenly our 'fears' don't seem as big anymore when we compare them to the rejection Jesus experienced. And the greatest part is that our rejection, like Jesus', can be redeemed as well.
I didn't make it as a pro athlete, but God had a better plan for my life- to be a missionary.
My friend walked away from me, but I see now that it was because God wanted me to focus on Him, not my friend.
My husband walked out on me, and because he did, I hit a low that I know only God rescued me from.
I got fired, but God had better things already in place for me a week later that changed my life.
You see, it can all be used for the Glory of God if we make a choice to let it be. Forgive people and continue in your purpose. Rejection does not defeat us. Let's stop letting the fear of rejection stop us from fulfilling the purpose and destiny God placed inside of each and every one of us.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5 (NKJV)
If you follow after God (will all your heart, soul, and strength) for a relationship with Him, not your purpose, you will find the person that God created you to be. In turn you will understand how to live your destiny.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 (Amplified Bible)