I am so excited to welcome my first guest blogger ever!! And am so blessed that Jamy Whitaker said “yes” to the ask!!! So please welcome Jamy, my Jesus sista and friend. I had the privilege and honor of meeting Jamy face to face at She Speaks this year and feel in love with her heart for Jesus, her realness and just how she does every day life. Not only is Jamy an amazing Jesus sista, her new book Get Real – Stop Hiding Behind the Mask was released last week. And I feel in love with the title as my one word for 2012 is REAL. And how many of us live behind masks? In Get Real, Jamie shares with us how to Get Real, take off our mask and be the woman who God has created each of us to be without fear.
And I so get her message that she shares below in her post – Rejected or Chosen as I lived the majority of my life with the word rejected tattooed across my heart and it was not pretty. Love how Jamy shares with us how we can make the choice to replace the label of rejected with the label of CHOSEN and the love of God as His Daughters – Daughters of the King of Kings!
And I really know you will enjoy that you have a chance to win this book just by commenting on this blog post. Read to the end for details.
Rejected or Chosen?
If only love were as easy and cut and dry for adults as it was when we were little children. Then, it simply consisted of passing a note, “Do you like me? Check yes or no.” After getting a response, the two of you were considered a couple. However, as an adult, it is not always that easy, and there is certainly the risk of being rejected any time we put ourselves out there.
Rejection is certainly not a new concept to anyone. If we are honest, we have all had to deal with rejection of one kind or another at one point in our lives. The rejection could have been from a boyfriend/girlfriend, job application, friends, family; the list could go on and on. Jesus even dealt with rejection during His ministry, “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him” (John 1:11 NIV). Jesus knew the pain of rejection from his own community. So, He can identify with the pain that we feel when others reject us. The wounds of rejection can go deeper and last longer than other injuries. When faced with the pain of rejection, we each have a choice to make. Will we be consumed by it or take captive the thoughts that are destructive and replace them with God’s truth?
Our worth as an individual is not determined by our circumstances or even by the choices we make. We are deeply loved by God. In fact, we are chosen by God, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praise of him who has called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9 NIV). How amazing that we are chosen by God. It does not matter what the world says about you or me because we know our identity is not the mask that everyone sees. No, it comes from God, and He loves us and has chosen us from the very beginning — never forget that.
When others may reject us, God is there for us and will never leave us. There are several descriptions of God’s love for us throughout the Bible. However, there are two that stand out in my mind. The first one is seen in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (NIV). This simply means that God’s love for us does not depend upon anything we will ever do, which leads to the greatest aspect of God’s love for us, “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39 NIV). We are guaranteed to have trials and difficulties in this life. However, as believers, we can be certain that nothing can separate us from the love of God. That promise brings so much comfort to me.
When our foundation is based on God’s love, we are free to be ourselves. He loves and accepts us for who we are. Knowing that our identities are locked into Christ, it is easier to reach out and love those around us, not worrying whether they will accept and love us.
As long as we are living, we are each going to have to deal with rejection from time to time. However, we need to see it for what it is in light of God’s unending love for us. So, no matter what others may think or say, you are not rejected; you are chosen and loved by the almighty God. Nothing and no one can ever take that from you. Share this hope with someone who is feeling lost and rejected around you this week.
We should not cover up or hide the frame that God has given us. It is unique and has a purpose. Celebrate that God has uniquely created you for His plans for your life.
If you would like more information about your true identity in Christ, I encourage you to read my book, Get REAL: Stop Hiding Behind the Mask. For more information be sure to check out my website, www.jamywhitaker.com, or my facebook page, www.facebook.com/AuthorJamyWhitaker.
I would love to give away a copy of my book to one of Donna’s readers. You will receive one entry for commenting on my post. You will earn additional entries for “liking” my author page on facebook and subscribing to my blog. I will announce the winner this Friday.
Blessings to all,
Thank you so much Jamy for sharing your heart with us today. And thanks to all who are visiting with me today. Don’t forget to leave a comment on Jamy’s blog so you can have a chance to win her book and take off your mask and leave it off!