When we come to Him and His Father, there is never rejection.
Matthew 7:7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9: Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10: Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
NO?: Ever feared you would get a no from someone? Fear of rejection is a strong influencer on us. Psychologists and communications trainers will quickly tell you that people fear to speak in public, to a group.
Rejection is not something Jesus will do. When we come to Him and His Father, there is never rejection. He took our rejection for all time and offers us pure acceptance. Ask and it will be give to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you. Jesus is an open door.
Quietness: Sally’s quiet way put a new mood on the situation, but not enough to cool it. The tension between Jake and Greg was enormous. She surely did not understand it. It was her dream to see if Greg’s open position at work would be a good fit for Jake. Now all the opportunities seemed to be frying in the hot grease of dissension. This hallway was steaming hotter than the parking lot asphalt in summer. Why had she invited Jake to come to church? How could that have been God’s plan in prayer? If this was how He answered, “Yes” to prayer, she was confused. Then Greg spoke peace.
“Hey, Jake. I don’t know how I’ve gotten along without you so many years. We used to be such good friends. I guess, I just got caught up in life and changes and an hundred other things. It sure is good to see you again. Maybe, we can get a cup of coffee and catch up in the next few weeks?”
Jake immediately relaxed. It was as if someone had turned on a box fan. His face relaxed. His muscles relaxed. He even smiled.
ACT! Think of a question from someone on which you have put off the answer. Get the answer for them quickly and get it to them. Help them past a little thought of rejection.
PRAY! Father, I am so blessed to be in You. You are an encourager, blessor, giver, and always positive influence in my life. My life in You is pleasant beyond imagination. Thank You, Father for being a positive answer to life’s tough questions.
This devotion is #12 of a bigger storyline… Watch the category GSJ Story for miniseries.