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Worship: Week 2 - Devotion 3

"‘But I have had God's help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen— that the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles.' At this point, Festus interrupted Paul's defense. ‘You are out of your mind, Paul!' he shouted. ‘Your great learning is driving you insane.'" - Acts 26:22-24

 

Rejection. No one likes to be rejected. 

Read Acts 26:22-24. Paul was telling his story to the Governor of Judea, a guy by the name of Festus, who was completely rejecting everything Paul had to say. This was not new to Paul. People had rejected his message of Christ many times before, but he just kept on telling his story.

When you worship God by telling what He has done in your life or what you have seen Him do, there will be times people will reject what you say. Think about some scenarios where your story might be rejected and write in a journal or your note taking app how you think you would respond to that.

  • You write a theme about what God has done in your life for a class at school, and the teacher ridicules your beliefs.

  • A parent you have been praying for continues to reject your invitations to church and has no interest in what God is doing in your life.

  • You finally get up the courage to tell a classmate about God, and he or she tells you he or she isn't interested.

You probably wrote many things but remember what Paul did in the face of rejection—HE DID NOT QUIT. 

Pray that God will give you the strength to keep going on in the face of rejection.

Emily Traylor