“And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.”-1 Samuel 8:7-8, King James Version (KJV)
For any Christian that has ever shared his or her walk with Christ with someone, for every person that embraces the word of God with you, you’re going to get that one that will reject it.
It’s not a suprise, and it should be expected in your ministries.
Why? Because there are many out there that have been burned by a bad church experience, betrayed by a disobedient pastor, or just haven’t got to where they thought they should be in life, and they blame God. My friends it’s easy to turn away when things are going bad. It’s easy to doubt everything you’ve ever known to be true and right, when you’re not seeing results of your faith. It happened in Samuel’s time, and yes, it’s happening right now. In Samuel’s case, in this chapter, he is old with family problems (to put it blunt). To make matters worse, his sons, ones that he thought would walk in his ways are not, and now the people are looking for alternatives. They’ve come to a point they want a king, and will not wait on the Lord.
In response, Samuel takes it to the Lord in prayer, and God responds.
Here’s some thoughts for you:
1. No matter how much God’s does for people, they still may turn away when times are tough. You can talk until you’re blue int he face but if they’re going to do it, they’re going to do it. YOU TAKE TO THE LORD IN PRAYER.
2. Rejection is not a reflection of you, it’s a direct message to God that they have chosen not to hear him. You could be a deacon, member, minister, pastor, etc. and you may be doing all the right things. However, they still may reject you. Don’t get frustrated…that’s an obvious response. You need to have the sight to know they have rejected God.
3. Rejection is easier than service to God. Believe it or not, some people find it faster and better to turn away from God than come to him with their chaotic lives just because they feel there’s a condition they will have to enter. They’d rather know they’re in control of what they’re doing, rather than turn it over to a Lord who forgives, cares, and can save their lives. They’re scared, they’re thinking along terms of religion rather than faith. They’ll take their chances, and continue the path of destruction. They don’t see how Christ can save them, or they feel that they’re beyond saving. This is how rejection makes things easier to them. They don’t realize the transition is one that happens as soon as you turn your life over to Christ. Some never will.
4. Just because you provide a Godly home doesn’t mean your children will follow, so stay in the picture. You’ve got to stay in the system people. You’ve got to keep them on the straight path–especially in a world that questions anything and everything involving Jesus Christ. You can’t expect for them to just “get it” on their own. You’ve got to preach to them just as you’re being preached to. You’ve got to talk about the Lord Jesus as if he is standing right there shaking his head saying, “Yep, tell’em”. If church has become procedure in your house then I suggest you change your focus, your spirit,and your devotion to God and get real about this. Why? because you NEED TO. Or you will end up like Samuel, all the good you’re doing, and your children will be corrupted.
Rejection – It’s something that every Christian who shares the ministry of Jesus Christ will have to deal with. It could happen to you. Stay strong.