As ministers of Christ, we must learn to accept rejection, both verbal and non-verbal. Many times, Christ’s message of repentance and faith falls on deaf ears. We are not to hinge our confidence on the reaction of others to the truth of the Gospel. The scripture declares that the majority of people will always be living for themselves and not for Christ. Only those that have abandoned themselves to the abundant life that Christ offers will be receptive to the whole counsel of God.
The apostle Paul wrote to his co-worker, Timothy, that the purpose of God is that we should be living lives with “love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and an unfeigned faith.”
This is a high standard; it requires that we die to our own goals and aspirations and invite Christ to live through us. This is a daily discipline and an austere discipline indeed. It mitigates against the all too common tendency to espouse Christ but to live for our ourselves.
So, how do we cope with the silent disapproval of the majority to the hard truths of scripture? Prayerfully and wisely we must love everyone, even those that don’t love us in return. We obey the apostle Paul’s admonition and “pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace with those that call on the Lord from a pure heart.” We enter in and live for Christ ourselves, so that we will have the strength and wisdom to help others as they consider whether to live for Christ themselves.
— Brad Heilhecker