No one likes being rejected.
But, if you believe in God’s sovereignty, it’s never just those who rejected you saying NO!
It’s God saying no.
God has the power to MAKE them say yes if He wants.
For whatever reason, a rejected resume is God’s way of saying…
That church isn’t for you…
That job isn’t for you…
For whatever reason.
I admit that when I ‘tested the waters’ to see if Pastoring is a part of my purpose, that when the church chose someone else over me, my ‘pride’ wanted to take it personal. The devil wanted me to think I wasn’t good enough.
Many times I will run into members who will tell me, “I wish we had chosen you”.
Have I sometimes been ‘in my feelings’? Yes.
Have I sometimes felt jealous? Yes.
Have I sometimes felt not good enough? Yes.
Do I sometimes think I’ve published enough pieces for a lifetime of sermons? Yes.
But, my wife will often remind me, “That wasn’t for you.”.
I’ve even wondered if God wanted me to start a fellowship.
I also know that the role of Pastor isn’t for everyone.
As an associate minister and blogger, sometimes within church culture, when you are’t in a ‘fraternity of pastors’, they can make you feel less important…whether intentionally or unintentionally.
However, my Senior Pastor W. Michael Martin, told me that I can reach and influence many more singers than he does.
The Pastor who ordained me back in 1996, Dr. Lonnie Black, told me that many churches don’t want a Pastor that speaks on the range of topics that you do.
From my preaching ministry, to my blog, to my published music, just like anyone else…
I want it to be a blessing to millions upon millions…
I want it to be acknowledged…
I want it to be valued…
But, most of all I want it to please God.
So let me encourage anyone else who has felt rejected. God has not rejected you. Trust that everyone He will make sure everyone HE intends to benefit from your ministry will do so.