Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Rejection is a fact of life. It is also a fact of life that rejection sucks. This is never truer perhaps than when applying for a job. I don’t remember the number of times I’ve applied for various jobs over the years only to either not get a phone call or I get called and told during the interview that I am not what they are looking for. Now, for a guy who bases his work ethic on 2 Thessalonians 3:10, which reads ” if any would not work, neither should he eat”,this can be quite distressing. Thankfully, I can happily say that I have yet to have gone more than three months without a job, however, I suspect that the basis of my work ethic is part of the reason for this.
Yes, rejection is a part of life. We are all going to experience rejection, doesn’t matter if its for a job or a relationship. Rejection is inevitable. Jesus warned his disciples rather plainly, when he was asked about the end of the age, that this would happen. In Matthew 24:9 we read “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.” Yes, those of us who call ourselves Christians will be rejected, indeed, even hated, for the sake of Christ Jesus. Furthermore, Jesus also warned the disciples in Luke 12:9, “the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.” Yes, Jesus will reject those who rejected him.
Wait! What? If God is love, how can Jesus reject anyone? Didn’t he die for the sins of all? Yes. However, that doesn’t mean that all will be saved. Yes, there are those who think that a loving God can’t send anyone to Hell. However, the sad truth is that a just God can not allow anyone into Paradise. Just because we do something for other does not mean that they will reciprocate, just as many still reject God and Christ Jesus despite what Jesus did upon the cross. Thus, if we want to reject Jesus, he is right to reject us and thus cast us into Hell for eternity. In truth, as sinners, save that we repent and confess Christ Jesus as Lord, the justice of God demands our eternal punishment for our sins.
Simple truth, salvation is a gift from God and if we reject that gift, we will suffer for eternity in Hell. There is no other way to escape, save for Jesus and his sacrifice upon the cross. Indeed, Jesus spoke plainly when he told the disciples in John 14:6 ” No one comes to the Father except through me.” This rules out any other path to “heaven”. There is no other way. Good works won’t save you. Being a “good person” is an arbitrarianistic concept with no basis in fact, as the Bible proclaims plainly in Micah 7:2 “there is no one upright among mankind”. That’s right, no one is upright, that is to say righteous. We have all sinned. Only God can save us.
Rejection happens. It doesn’t matter if its a job interview or a relationship. However, being eternally rejected by God does matter. You can try denying this, which is a fool’s proposition, and reject God’s gift of salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross. However, know well that you are banking your eternal destiny upon your denial. Likewise, you can choose to reject those parts of the Bible that condemn certain practices as sin, but your rejecting those parts of God’s word are a rejection of God and you are really taking a risk of spending eternity in Hell. In fact, to try to subtract from the Law of God is tantamount to rejecting God and losing your only chance of eternity in Paradise.
Sooner or later we will all stand before the throne of God. If we reject Christ Jesus and his sacrifice, we will be rejected and condemned to Hell. However, if we profess Christ Jesus and his sacrifice, we will live with him in Paradise. To stand before God and be rejected by him is far worse than being rejected for a job. A job may preserve your life, but only Christ Jesus can preserve your spirit.
If you are searching for a job, keep going. It will be hard and you will be rejected. However, keep at it and you will eventually find a job, perhaps even a career. However, do not reject Christ Jesus and his sacrifice for our salvation, for if you do, you will be rejected and will spend eternity in Hell. Yes, some employers may reject you because of your faith, but that will be their problem. Stay focused and don’t reject Christ Jesus, and he won’t reject you.