Have you ever been rejected before by someone? Maybe your family member? Friend? Someone you’ve been pursuing? Or maybe, by your dream company?
A few years ago, Basketball TV aired NBA Stories, a program that featured unknown players who were fighting for the 10th, 11th and 12th spot in the NBA team roster after figuring in a tough Summer Camp where head coaches from 29 different teams have a glimpse of the pool of talent they could choose from and—who to drop at the 11th hour.
The program focused their cameras on several young, potential players, who, after banging their bodies, sweating it out for weeks and pumping the iron to bulk themselves up—still end up failing to make the final lineup.
Sam Mitchell, a former Toronto Raptors coach, shared how difficult it was as a coach to break the bad news to a few players, who fail to make the team after seeing them work hard to try to reach their NBA dream.
Put yourself in the shoes of these aspiring NBA players, and you’d feel the rejection if you fail to make the grade or earn the nod of the coaches.
How would you feel if, after a month of giving your very best during the Summer Camp, the coach would take you by the side and break the hard-to-accept news that you didn’t make the grade?
As I consider the stories of the harsh realities aspiring NBA players go through each year, I thought of God once more and His completely different standard in dealing with us (sinners).
Considering that the Bible says there’s no one among us who is righteous (see Romans 3), the Lord still considered us for his “team”, His Kingdom.
I wouldn’t have made the cut in God’s “dream team” if He’d look at my unimpressive resume–because I’m imperfect, ill-tempered, incapable of changing for the better and a man who possesses a filthy tongue and mind.
But through His Only Son Jesus Christ who died for imperfect people like me more than 2000 years ago, I got a chance to be reconciled to Him.
Through Christ, my life was changed from the pit of sin and defeat to a life marked by Christ’s amazing grace and love.
I’ve been forgiven and is being renewed inside and out.
In this imperfect world we live in, we will experience rejection, but God won’t reject you.
Jeremiah 31:3 says, The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.