Allie and I recently celebrated our thirteenth wedding anniversary. It’s crazy that she’s put up with me for that long… but it’s actually been even longer. We also figured out that she has known me for longer in life than she hasn’t known me. We met at the end of the summer of 2002 when she was 15 years old. You can do the math.
For anyone who has heard our story, I won’t bore everyone with all the details, but we met while working a Chick-Fil-A. She was the window girl and I was the newbie being trained to use the soda fountain machine. We quickly hit it off and became good friends at work.
I thought she was cute so I wanted to take it to the next level, but I found out she wasn’t a Christian. That was a problem for me because I had committed to only dating Christians. So I did the only thing logical, I began sharing the gospel with her and inviting her to church. It wasn’t so-called “missionary dating.” It was more like… gospel-centered pursuit? Yeah, we’ll go with that.
My first invitation to church was roundly rejected. It hurt. She grew up culturally Catholic (Never attended Mass though) and going to a Baptist church was going to cause some issues at home. It hurt, but I’m nothing if not annoying. So I kept pestering her to come to church and I got rejection after rejection. Until finally she caved under the pressure of my polite and persuasive invites and came to church. I think it’s when I mentioned that we had donuts, she loves donuts. While she was incredibly nervous about her first day at church, she’ll tell you that it was the best decision she ever made. Not because she ended up dating me, but because she met Jesus for the first time.
We’ve all been rejected before. And it’s always hard. Following Christ is never going to make us immune from rejection… in fact, it’s probably going to lead to a lot more rejection. So how should we handle it when we’re rejected? Tomorrow we look to Jesus for the answer. Jesus and his disciples were often rejected, even by those closest to them, but it never slowed down the progression of the Kingdom. Join us for worship tomorrow!