And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief.
And he went about among the villages teaching.
Rejection can be hard to handle. It hurts. The questions arise in the mind; What’s wrong with me? What did I do? What did I say? How can I fix this? What changes can I make? However, the question that you should really be asking is; Where is God taking me through this?
The verses that we read are from a time in the life of Jesus when he returns to his home town, Nazareth. He teaches in the synagogue and the people are astonished at his content, wisdom, and mighty works performed by his hand. The perfect recipe for popularity, right? Instead, the people analyse the heritage of Jesus and decide to be offended by him. In a sense, they are saying ’We thought you were awesome! But then we realised who you are! Who do you think you are to be so awesome!? We’ve decided the identity you should have, and you should behave accordingly!’.
Jesus has a choice to make. He can succumb to the desired effect of the offence, and rejection of the crowd; an effect that would have him questioning himself and changing accordingly. Or, He can fulfil His divine calling and be the embodiment of that. He chooses the latter, and we read one simple statement; ‘he went about among the villages teaching’. He didn’t hang around in Nazareth. It rejected Him, so He moved on (read on in the chapter to gain more advice from Jesus on how to handle such a situation).
The point is this; don’t hang around trying to please a crowd that rejects you for being the embodiment of your calling. Allow it to be the spring board to further your advancement into your God given purpose.
Am I bending over backwards to meet the standards and approval of others? Do they really desire to see the greatness of my calling fulfilled? Is it time to stop feeling hurt and time to reposition myself into the path of my God given purpose?
Thank you Lord that I am fully accepted by you. More than that, thank you that you delight in me. Help me to follow hard after the calling that you have put before me, and help me to be the person that you have called me to be, without apology.