The Cornerstone is also the Rock of Stumbling

I am excited also about the new song Cornerstone that Hailey wrote about yesterday.  I was reading yesterday in 1 Peter 2.  In there it speaks of Jesus not only as the Cornerstone but as the Rock that causes people to fall or the Stumbling Block to those who do not believe (1 Peter 2:8).  Listen to these words, '4 As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him--5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.'

I love that....'rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him...'  As we come to Jesus as our Living Stone and Cornerstone our lives are transformed.  Our lives truly do become part of Him and His family and His righteousness covers us.  We become His people and we receive mercy instead of judgment because of the cross.  Indeed in Christ, we also are chosen by God and precious to him as His children.  

But....just like Him we are called to be on display and be subjected to the rejection of men.  Just like Noah built the ark in the middle of town out where everyone could see and mock this follwer of God, we are called to let our light shine that we 'may declare the praises of him who called [us] out of darkness into his wonderful light.' (1 Peter 2:9b)  As we live for Him, speak of Him, sing about Him some will believe and some will mock.

When our lives are built on shifting sand, we are unable to handle the rejection of men.  When our lives are built on the Cornerstone of Jesus Christ, then we are able to stand up when we are slandered and falsely accused, because our identity and purpose are eternally secure in Jesus.  So I encourage you today to let your mind and soul receive the blessings that are yours in Christ, so that, when the curses of men come at you they will pale in comparison.  

in Christ,

Brian