A lonely place?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Do we need to be respected or honored by the friend, even family, to be valued by God? If we want to work for the Lord, do we sometimes need to embrace rejection as a gift rather than a curse? The path may be lonely at times; but is the destination surely much more inviting?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

If there is one thing that western culture today is emphatic about it is this: no one deserves rejection--everyone must be accepted. We live in a society that is in love with inclusion. While being included is a good thing and we certainly strive to make sure that no one is left out, is there ever a time when being included is not as important as being left out. Is rejection ever beneficial?

Here’s a story. During WWI Preacher Donald Barnhouse led a young man to Christ. The young man found that his new faith helped him get through tumultuous battles of the war. When he returned home he feared that he would have to give up many of his old, sinful friends. So he contacted Barnhouse on his return from the trenches. Barnhouse told him that if he was careful to make public confession of his faith in Christ, he would not have to worry. He would not have to give improper friends up. They would give him up. As a result of this conversation the young man agreed to tell the first ten people of his old set of friends whom he encountered that he had become a Christian. By the time the word had got around of his conversion, soon many of his friends stopped seeing him. What had he done? Nothing but confess Christ.

The same confession that had aligned that young man with Christ had also separated him from those who did not want Jesus Christ as Savior and who, in fact, did not even want to hear about Him. Although rejection must have been bitter and caused him heart ache, was he better off being included or left out? When we come to the realization that who we are and the importance of the work that we do isn’t necessarily determined by who likes us and who doesn’t, we learn something extremely important to every Christian--our value, our worth is a product of the God we love and believe in, and not the crowd we might happen to hang around with. We don’t need to be respected or honored by the friend, even family, to be valued by God. If we want to work for the Lord, sometimes we just need to embrace rejection as a gift rather than a curse. The path may be lonely at times; but the destination is surely much more inviting.

We pray. Lord, we praise You for using us to bring joy to Your Son, Jesus Christ. In the midst of all the struggles, pressures, and discouragement we face while in our frail, failing bodies, please continue transforming us into servants who are always of good courage. Lead us by Your Holy Spirit to find rest in the grand promises that You’ve revealed to us in Your Word. We confess that we are weak and that we need Your help. Prepare us for the day when You will judge an account of all our works and offenses. Though we do not deserve Your grace, we cannot even begin to express our gratitude for nailing our guilt and shame upon the cross through Your crucified Son. Lord, we earnestly long to experience the moment when You will declare to us, “Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of Your master.” Help us this week as we continue our walk of faith looking forward to the day when our faith will become sight. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<thispassingday@gmail.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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