Monday, December 5, 2011

O come to my heart...


The very sound of this word brings pain to my heart.

To reject means:


[v. ri-jekt; n. ree-jekt] Show IPA
verb (used with object)
to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer ofa better job.
to refuse to grant (a request, demand, etc.).
to refuse to accept (someone or something); rebuff: Theother children rejected him. The publisher rejected the author'slatest novel.
to discard as useless or unsatisfactory: The mind rejectspainful memories.
to cast out or eject; vomit.

No one picks to be rejected.

The adolescent who tries out for the team and is told they won't be playing this year. The woman whose husband tells her he has found someone else. The hard working employee who is overlooked for the promotion. The man who is told there is no place for him any longer in this organization. The boy who gets a no from the girl. The girl whose best friend gossips to others about her.

When friends betray.
It cuts like a knife.

Who chooses rejection?

Most of us typically guard our hearts, steeling it against such rejection.
We take all kinds of precautions so we won't set ourselves up for heartbreak. Some of us put on masks acting like the rejection didn't hurt that much. When inside we are torn to pieces. Some of us hide our talents so we don't have to face the rejection of not being good enough to qualify. Others of us hide physically away from people so we can shield our hearts from the possibility of being turned away or criticized.

But the one who made us?
Well plan A was he made a man and a woman and an entire earth full of beauty.
He made it for his pleasure and his glory.
And what happened?
He gave the man and woman a choice and they rejected him for a lesser object.

I may have said... Fine. You picked your love. I'm over you.
But not him.
Not God. The Jealous God.
Did you know God is Jealous for his own?
Not in a self serving way but in a "I care for you too much to let you go" way.
So because he cared so much about mankind, his creation, he chose Plan B.

Which included coming down to earth himself, walking with us and intentionally setting himself up to be rejected again not only while he was here but for thousands of years to come.

And he says to us... “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends." Rev 3:20
He will meet with us as a friend.
But we must take the action of opening our hearts to him.

Do you feel rejected today?
It stings.
The King of all Kings Knows that pain better than anyone else.

He knows the kiss of betrayal.
He hears the mockers and lies.

And if we look in the mirror we will see who the betrayer is.
We will realize that we have all sinned against him.

And yet our Jealous God says... "I still choose you".

It makes me want to fall at his feet in repentance and thanksgiving.

He is a friend to the broken.
If you find yourself in a place of brokenness. Know that he is very close.
You are not alone in this world of rejection.
You are in the best company.

Because Jesus Christ who came from a virgin to this world one starry night, was born in a place where only animals dwell, and was nailed to a cross to take our sin. And on the third day he rose again so we could live with him forever.
He knows your hurt. And he longs to come to your heart today and have dinner with you and be your best friend.

O Come to my heart Lord Jesus! There is room in my heart for thee.

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