We’ve all felt that at one point in our lives. Whether we’d been rejected by a group of friends, or didn’t get into that college, or that basketball team we’ve been practicing all summer for. It sucks.
The Redefined Student Ministry is studying the life of David in January and February, but it’s impossible to talk about everything in just seven meetings. We’ll have to skip some stuff from one week to the next, so we’re covering all the in-between stuff here on the blog. Read on!
In 1 Samuel 29, David is set to fight alongside the Philistines (I know, right?). But he is soon rejected by the Philistine leaders. They force David and his men to leave early in the morning, no matter how many times Achish told them he was worthy.
Of course David was confused but he did as he was told. I’m sure he felt bad, I mean, after slaying over tens of thousands, you’d think he would be deemed worthy to fight a simple battle.
As I was reading this chapter, the Holy Spirit said, “See, even the greatest get rejected.”
Rejection to me wasn’t all that important; I’ve learned to accept myself through Christ, so why do I need to realize something about rejection?
I went around and asked some of my friends. “Have you ever been rejected?” Some said yes; some said no. Some of them were not Christians; some of them were. Then, it hit me. We face rejection everyday; we should be rejected every day.
We are not of this world; we do not belong to this world, therefore we are rejected.
“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3).
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you” (John 15:18).
I know I am not supposed to be in that popular clique in school; I know I’m not supposed to fit in at my school; I’m supposed to be rejected. And that’s okay. I know our first response to rejection isn’t, “I was rejected, heck yeah! Wooh!” But if you’re not being rejected and you fit into everyone’s social structure, then we have to take a step back and say, “Am I really doing what I’m supposed to be doing?”
Brittania is a senior at Larkin High School in Elgin. She MCs announcements at Redefined and helps in the production booth. She likes music and drama and sloths and pretty much anything that’s not mean. Fave quote: “Sleep is a curse, and a curse I must live.”