You are loved. You are wanted. You are wonderful. You are appreciated. You are special and supernatural! This is what God wants you to know about yourself.
God loved you so He created you. God created you to love you. God wanted you so He saved you. God made you wonderful and He appreciates you. This is your DNA according to God. This is your spiritual identity.
Identity “in Christ” helps shield you from the stings of rejection. Rejection awaits all of us. Jesus was rejected and crucified on a cross. “He was despised and rejected of men..” (Isaiah 53:3). Jesus understood the redemptive nature of rejection. Rejection lead Jesus to His passion. He turned rejection into an opportunity to reach more people than ever. Jesus spoke of rejection as if it were a part of a larger divine strategy. “And he began to teach them, that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected..” (Mark 8:31).
Spiritual leaders perhaps do the saints a disservice not teaching them more about God’s strategy in suffering and rejection. Jesus taught the disciples from the very beginning of their ministry on rejection and how to deal with it positively. Jesus knew that rejection is necessary in the pursuit of purpose. Rejection indicates that God is about to put you in the place of your purpose. Rejection can help you discover what season you are in. Rejection can help you discern where you should be. Rejection can help you decide what to do next.
Your identity must be based on being “in Christ”. Since the moment you were saved you have been “in Christ”. Old things are passed away and all things are made new in your life (II Corinthians 5:17). The Father receives you because He receives His Son. The Resurrection is proof that Jesus was not rejected by the Father. The Father has exalted Jesus and given Him a name above all names (Philippians 2:9-11). He has raised up every believer and made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). As the Father loves the Son, so the Father loves you! Isn’t that an amazing grace!
Jesus says, “Rejoice and be exceeding glad..” (Matthew 5:12). This is the kingdom strategy for “when men shall revile you and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely…”. Your response to rejection and mischaracterization is to “rejoice and be exceeding glad”. This is strangely familiar. This is the same response we are to have to each day of our lives. “This is the day that the Lord Has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
The only difference between your response to waking up in the morning and the response you are to have to rejection, is that Jesus says, when you have day of rejection you should be EXCEEDING glad! It’s another day’s journey! Be glad about it!