Prayer for the day
Gracious and upright is the LORD; therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
Scripture for the day
As a pastor, I’ve experienced acceptance and rejection in any number of ways. It is, in fact, not unique to pastors, but part of the human condition. We seek approval, or followership, or inclusion with a group of people, and that group of people will evaluate us based on any number of criteria, and either accept or reject us.
Unfortunately, there is little we can do to garner either acceptance or rejection. Even Jesus couldn’t get everyone to accept him. There was significant rejection, rejection to the point of murder, in the life of Jesus as in the lives of people today. Jesus did not force acceptance on them, nor did he beg for it. Jesus offered the people a choice to accept or reject, he spread his love and care to them, he spoke to them and shared the will of God the Father with them, and allowed them to choose acceptance or rejection as they would. There would be consequences either way, as there will be for us, but he offered the choice.
In the story of Jeroboam and Rehoboam, we see the same choice placed before the people. There are some who reject the kingship of one or the other, some who accept the kingship of one or the other, and they do so for an incredible variety of reasons.
There is not a lot of good reason on the human side of things, but as we read through the account in the First Testament, we see that it is not simply human thinking, but we see God’s purposes being met by the actions of these humans. We do not know how or why our acceptance or rejection happens, but we do know that God desires acceptance, not of certain people, but only of Christ and his sent-ness.
May we have to sight to see and accept.