Today's Scripture: "But if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” Jn 10:38
5918. To succeed expect rejection. JG
As a former sales trainer, I can't count the number of times I've told salesmen that closed deals would be far fewer than rejections. My counsel was to make the presentation and hope for the best, deal with objections but be prepared for a "No." It's then you forget the encounter and move on to another qualified prospect. But never ever take rejection personally—unless you say or do something stupid.
Decidedly different from sales, presenting the gospel has it's similarities. If people could reject Jesus, don't expect everyone to accept your presentation of Jesus. Still, those who reject Him may live to have another opportunity. Everyone in ministry performs different roles from planting seed, to fertilizing it to watering it and eventually harvesting the crop which one worker may see.
For years I drove past the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) and saw the street sign asking for volunteers. No less than six times over several months did I stop and offer to help. Each time I was rejected, from being ignored to given wrong information to make me go away. Finally I said I would not stop coming by until I spoke with someone in authority. "Who referred you," I was asked. I responded, "God." Dramatic perhaps, but I got my interview with the top person. Now three years later, every man that goes through the ARC program must listen for four hours (4 sessions) as I explain how a relationship with Jesus Christ transcends all their addiction programs. Let's see . . . by my calculation, to date I've preached over 1,500 hours to over 1,000 people after having been rejected only 6 times. I'd say that's a fairly good return on rejection.
Teach us patience, God, as we plant the Word that another will water and possibly harvest.
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