I have a fear of being rejected. Whether it’s being rejected by a girl after asking her out or whether it’s getting rejected by a professional baseball team after trying out, I have experienced all types of rejection. If you are anything like me, you fear rejection so much that you talk yourself out of the situation before you even attempt to do it in the first place. God recently revealed something to me that I have read before in His Word but He shed a light on it that I had never seen before that has changed the way I think about and perceive this subject of rejection that I believe will help you out as well.
God’s promotion program or His scale works a little different than what we are accustomed to in the business world, the education field, or our everyday life. I heard Apostle Ron Carpenter, Senior Pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center, say “God doesn’t work like the lottery, God works on levels.” In other words, you can’t skip any steps on your way up God’s promotion program. You have to reach each level one step at a time.
As I looked through God’s Word, I began to notice a pattern. What we would see as a rejection, God sees as a promotion. Your rejection is your promotion. Your betrayal is your bonus. I heard Bishop T.D. Jakes, Senior Pastor of The Potter’s House, say it this way “Your setback is your setup.” Joseph was sold into slavery, thrown into prison, forgotten about; but all this eventually led to him becoming second in command to Pharaoh. The three Hebrew boys were thrown into the fire. Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den. David wasn’t even invited into the house when Samuel came to anoint the next king, but was left out in the fields to tend the sheep. Even Jesus was rejected, but we all know how that ended up. (See Psalm 118:22, Acts 4:11, 1 Peter 2:4)
This is what Paul writes about God’s promotion program “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11 NIV84)
So the next time you feel rejected, get ready because God is about to promote you to a place where you could have never even thought or imagined.