Rejection at the root…
March 3rd, 2019
No one likes rejection.
I tried to find a survey that would quantify the percentage of people that claim they are Christians that do not share their faith. The closest I got was one that showed that 79% of respondents indicated that they hadn’t shared their faith in six months or more.
I was less interested in the number than the reasons they didn’t share their faith more frequently. I came up with nothing.
The reason I wanted to know this was that from my personal perspective, I think fear of denial and interruption of activity are among the top motivations for avoiding doing what Jesus has told us we are to do.
When He says…
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
John 14:15 (ESV)
And then tells us…
And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead.
Acts 10:42 (NLT)
Jesus gives us clear notice He intends on us sharing the Good News with those around us, but the numbers just don’t show we do.
The root of this issue comes from our denial of who God is. It takes on many forms in its manifestation, but if we filter back to the root of this causation, we will ultimately end up at denial.
When we look at sin from a cause-and-effect perspective we seem to always come back to denial.
When Satan rebelled against God and was cast down, consider the source of that rebellion. We come to where he denied the deity of God and thought he could claim an equal or greater deity.
If he felt that full of himself then we understand why he rebelled against God. It doesn’t justify it, but it does to some extent explain it.
Let’s take Adam and Eve in the garden and their rebellion against God.
When the serpent said to Eve, regarding the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge…
“You will not surely die.”
Genesis 3:4b (ESV)
Satan was again denying God’s word to Adam and his wife. Eve accepted that lie and made it her own, then convinced (with no trouble at all) her husband that this denial of God’s words was appropriate.
We don’t have to dig very far in every sin to conclude that denial is at the root.
Getting back to our witness or lack thereof, we may have a thousand excuses why we don’t witness as we should, but every one of them comes back to the same root cause. We are denying God’s Word, his promises, his protection, and his command. We get to this out of fear, ignorance, and distrust.
But these are the byproducts of denial.
Fear – Without question the Word of God tells us not to fear.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
John 14:27 (ESV)
Ignorance – We deprive ourselves of knowledge and wisdom of the Word of God and avoid instruction.
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.
Ephesians 4:17-19 (ESV)
Distrust – We don’t trust what God has to say.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
In each case denial is present:
- Fear – We deny that God is able or willing to follow through on his promises of protection and guidance. We deny His Word which expresses His will for us.
- Ignorance – Failure to consume the Word of God is to deny its value in our lives and avoid facing conflict with our sinful nature. We are denying God’s love for us because we do not believe what He tells us about His intentions for us.
- Distrust – Denial of the truth of God’s Word and His faithfulness to not only his promises but the very definition of who He says He is.
We started out touching on the evidences of denial in our lives by looking a low number of Christians that share their faith with others, but let’s look at how denial creeps into our lives in other ways too.
Things We Deny
Worry – We so often find ourselves troubled about worldly issues, family problems, and so many other things. Worry is the denial of God’s ability, honesty, and willingness to do what He says He will do.
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)
Restricting Prayer – So many believers prioritize prayer for God. They feel like some things are just too trivial to bother God with. It really doesn’t matter what the reasoning is each one denies God.
“He’s got better things to do!”, is saying God is limited in His ability, is incapable of dealing with everything on our tiny little plate along with the rest of the world.
“It’s not enough to bother God with.”, denies God’s love for us. WE ARE His children. And if your child had an issue would you not want them to come to you so you could help them with it? We deny the parentage of God because of spiritual rebirth.
“I have to take control of the situation.”, is nothing more than us denying that God is capable of dealing with something and we are superior to Him in resolving an issue.
After all this, there is no reasonable excuse not to do what His Word tells us to do (which would be to deny the authority of His Word).
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
Disobey Scriptural Directives – This again is the denial of the authority of God’s Word.
On and on the sins keep coming back to a basic denial of who God says He is, what He says He does or will do, or what His Word instructs us to do.
I challenge you. Take any sin and really consider it, if you don’t find your way to a root of denial, I want you to contact me and share it with me. You can contact me via email. Just use Kip at SelahMusings.com. We’ll explore it further.
In His Grace,