Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to depart to the other side of the sea.
Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus *said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But Jesus *said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.” -Matthew 8:18-22
When the great evangelist D.L. Moody sought membership in his local church, he was put off for a year. Later he expressed gratitude to the church officials for putting him off. It was during that year that he sought a deeper relationship with Christ.
Friend, don’t be offended if you feel rejected. You are not rejected. You are being challenged. What will you do, rise or fall?
D.L. Moody became one of the most influential Christian leaders of all time, certainly in America. Millions of lives have been impacted by this man who was, at first, rejected from church membership.