Realize Your Worth

by Min. Andre Gilford

From Amazing Grace – The ROHO Devotional Series

Read: Luke 9:1-6: Jesus called the Twelve together and he gave them power and authority over all demons and to heal sicknesses. He sent them out to proclaim God’s kingdom and to heal the sick. He told them, “Take nothing for the journey—no walking stick, no bag, no bread, no money, not even an extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, remain there until you leave that place. Wherever they don’t welcome you, as you leave that city, shake the dust off your feet as a witness against them.” They departed and went through the villages proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

It took me a long time to get over allowing other’s opinions of me to hurt. It would hurt me so much that I would cry and reconsider my worth. Sometimes, those moments of rejection would cause me to lose faith in myself and doubt God’s plan for my life. Some people would tell me that I am smart, good-looking, intelligent, well-organized, and destined to succeed. But, I wouldn’t believe them, because I internalized those moments of rejection and related them to my existence.

In Luke 9:1-6, Jesus is commissioning his disciples to the work of spreading the Gospel. He is offering to them sound advice in taking care of themselves as they enter a cruel and cold world to do the work of building the Kingdom. Jesus anoints them with the authority to heal the sick and cast out demons. They were prepared to be God’s elect. But, Jesus reminds them that they will not always be accepted everywhere they go. Sometimes, they will meet rejection, but they must remember who sent them and their worth as God’s messengers. They must remember that they have good work to do and do not become consumed with the nay-sayers. Jesus is advocating for them to press forward despite the rejection.

Have you ever felt hurt by rejection? Have you ever reconsidered your worth after being denied something so desired? This happens to all of us. But, as children of God, we must not allow rejection to restrain our gifts from being exercised. Some people just might not be ready for what we have to offer, but it doesn’t make what we have less valuable. We are enough, just as we are and recognizing this will give us freedom in living without apology and going forth beyond rejection.

Watch: Overcoming Rejection by Dr. Howard-John Wesley

About The Author

Andre Gilford Andre Gilford Jr is a seminarian, high school teacher, and writer from Detroit committed to the gospel of love and justice for all.

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