The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 13:49-52)
Rejection can be difficult. It was especially difficult at school. If one of the popular kids rejected you, they would encourage others to reject you. In the same way, the Jewish leaders not only influenced the Jews to reject Peter and Barnabas, they recruited the Gentile women of high standing and the leading men to hate them.
If you’re rejected, follow the example of Paul and Barnabas: 1) Don’t try to be accepted by proving yourself right. 2) Move on and find another group of friends. 3) Shake the dust off your feet and don’t let rejection bother you. 4) Remain close to God, and He will remain close to you. 5) Be joyful in adversity, so others will know you belong to God.
Heavenly Father, I praise you for the wisdom of Your word. When I am rejected, You comfort me. When a door shuts, You will open a window. Because of your promises, I can shake the dust off my feet and be joyful. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.