“He was in the world, the world was there through him, and yet the world didn’t even notice. He came to his own people, but they didn’t want him.” John 1: 10-11
When searching for a job, it is likely that you have heard “no” several times. Sometimes it is disguised in eloquent phrases, but essentially, you have been rejected. It can be disappointing, disheartening, and down-right discouraging.
Jesus was rejected, not from a job or for His appearance. The Son of God came to this world, and people did not want to hear His message. Some people listened with curiosity, while the masses of people turned against Him. Jesus knew that He came to save people through His death on the cross. But in His humanity, the pain of rejection from His creation would have been astounding. We all desire acceptance and validation from others. However, when we base our self-worth on others’ acceptance or rejection of us, we will always be disappointed. The good news is that Jesus knows how you feel; He has felt the pain of rejection over and over again. When people say that you are not good enough or you hear “no” at every turn, remember that the Son of God was rejected by the world. More importantly, remember that Jesus stands with His arms open wide to you, offering you acceptance.