Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and long workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused. So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.
We continued our current series at Kfirst. “Pivot Point” has been our study of the life of Jacob. Even though he didn’t have the “model life”, God always had something beautiful in store for him. Our goal yesterday was to help people understand: “The rejection you feel has no bearing on the acceptance that you carry.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)
Like the narrative of Genesis 29-30 shows us, we can find ourselves shaping how we view our lives through the frame of our rejection. And three of the main characters of our story shows us the variety of rejection we face.
- Jacob – Performance Rejection (“if can do ______, then I can get my approval/achievement”)
- Leah – Personal Rejection (“maybe if I try to _____, the he/she will accept me”)
- Rachel – Reflective Rejection (“why does he/she get _______ and not me?”)
And because of rejection, we can easily find ourselves tethered by our pain. But as we said yesterday,
We believe that our places of brokeness can be God’s entry point for strength. As we look at the cross, we can see that see our hurt in the light of the acceptance He offers. Our simple next steps:
- Frame your vision with the mercy of God.
- Every place where you sense that rejection is distracting you, see it through the lens of the mercy of God.
- Rest in God’s acceptance. Live for an audience of One.
- Let go of the need to find approval and achievement. It doesn’t mean we stop “trying” to grow and accomplish things. It means we live for the audience of Jesus.
Spend some time in the Word and in prayer this week. Rest in the acceptance that Christ offers. If you need a scripture reading plan, check out this one.
Love you all. See you on Sunday!
BTW: Here’s a song this week for your devotions playlist: