One of the biggest problems I run across training believers in Supernatural Evangelism around the world is the fear of rejection. We as human by nature want to be liked, loved, and accepted. However, in the Kingdom of God, Jesus made it very clear that we would not be popular to everyone the moment we decide to follow after Christ. In fact, Jesus stated that if they hated Him, they will also hate us.
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. – John 15:18 – 20
Jesus made it clear that as believers we were not going to be loved by everyone. Jesus is the greatest revolutionary leader of all time. There will be people that love Him and people that hate Him, and believers must understand that in the moment you decide to follow after Jesus; His enemies will become your enemies and His friends will become your friends. We must have a warrior mentality to become effective believers for Christ because the enemy will always be after our faith, and this world will persecute those who follow after Christ. You have to make a decision in your mind that you are not going to be ashamed of your Jesus and you’re not going to fear the rejection of mankind because you will NEVER please everybody. The Apostle Paul made it clear that we are not to be ashamed of the gospel.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. – Rom 1:16
Jesus taught His disciples not to be ashamed of Him, in fact, He said if we were ashamed of
Him, He would be ashamed of us before the Father.
For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy. – Luke 9:26
Overcoming fear of rejection is one of the biggest steps Christians around the world need to make to become effective witnesses for Christ. It doesn’t mean that there won’t be fear at times or a feeling a rejection from people but it means we are willing to pay the price of being rejected at times for the privilege of serving our Lord.
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. – Matthew 10:14
We have to remember that people are not rejecting us, they are rejecting the One who sent us to share His message of eternal life. We have to have the mindset that we are like a mailman who delivers the message and it’s up to people to choose Jesus. When people reject the message, we shake off the dust of rejection and we go on to the next soul willing to hear the good news. There’s always somebody hungry out there for the glorious gospel of Christ. You will see that if you persevere and don’t allow the rejection of certain people to discourage you, you will reap the joy of seeing countless lives transformed by the power of God.
They rejected Jesus, people will reject you as well.
Rejection in evangelism is not failure