Seize the Moment – Day 62

Refuse to Let Rejection Take you Off Course in Life!

Luke 9


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, May 18.

How do you handle rejection?


Listen to how Jesus handled rejection in Luke 9:51, “He set his face to go to Jerusalem.”


In Luke 9:53-56, we see that the disciples of Jesus responded to rejection by getting upset and wanting to call fire from heaven to destroy those who rejected them. But that is not the way of Jesus! Jesus taught His followers a better way than the normal “knee-jerk response.”


Here are three simple (but not always easy) steps you can use to deal with rejection:


1) Pray. Acknowledge your feelings, for they are real, but instead of letting them take you over, immediately pray and cast the situation on God alone. You won’t hurt Him.


2) Guard your tongue. Rejection can lead to a wildfire of emotions inside you. Once that wildfire comes out of you there is no way of taking it back. Don’t light the match with words or actions…


3) Stay focused on God’s path for your life. The way to Jerusalem was the path of Jesus’ obedience. Make a decision to refuse to take offense at people and their opinions. Don’t get sucked into a toxic response because God has a better plan for your emotions, thoughts, and energy.


Seize the moment and stay focused on God’s path for you and live a life of obedience to Jesus. Remember Jesus’ words from Luke 9:23, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”


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