Paul knew the same rejection. “Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me” (2 Timothy 4:10). Both of these cases were very personal, which inflicted a deeper hurt. This was different from a whole nation turning their back on the gospel because there had not been the personal investment.
I want to issue a warning against holding expectations too tightly and not leaving your work in the Lord’s hands. Our anchor must be in the Lord and the truth of His Word, not in people. Peter compares our lives with “All flesh is like grass and its glory like the flower of grass, the grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever” (1 Peter 1:24). Hold firmly to God’s Word, irrespective of what people may or may not do.