REJECTED TO ACCEPTED

Peter – A Breath of Fresh Air
 
Jesus is the Cornerstone
Came for sinners to atone
Though rejected by His own
He became the Cornerstone
Jesus is the Cornerstone
 
This song of the seventies comes and fills my heart this morning as I read the next passage written by Peter to remind us all we are not the Lead stone that squares the building and becomes the stone on which all other stones line up upon. Jesus is. (Was and always will be.)
 
Jesus, the One rejected by the Jews, his own people. Jesus, with a new way of thinking and living. Jesus, Son of God Himself, showed kindness, humility, putting others first, never quit loving and prayed to God for all of his followers then…and for those who would follow in the future…us.
 
1 Peter 2 living stones in God's houseJesus, the One and Only, who was the perfect cornerstone and sacrifice for our sin…all sin…for all people. Jesus gave life to all dead in sin who believe and follow in His ways becoming living stones that build the living house of God. Our lives built upon His life. The rejected become accepted.
 
Jesus, Savior to those who not only believe (even demons believe) but also LORD as believers live as servants to Jesus and others from a new life of love that is unconditional, sacrificial and complete in Him.
 
Jesus, the One who accepted the rejected with open arms, healing with a new voice to tell others, and a new attitude with fresh gifts and abilities to serve others as He works our “stone” into place in his building of life eternal.
 
Jesus, our Friend forever, never leaves us because of His Holy Spirit living in us! We’re never left alone or thrown to the wolves of this world without help. We always have his help that directs, protects and guides us through all the obstacles of this journey.
 
Jesus, our Advocate, to our Heavenly Father. Jesus hears our prayers, in His Name, and offers them to the throne of God, Himself!
 
Yes, Jesus IS the Cornerstone of our lives. He is my strength by day and my song in the night. His life is how my life must be aligned and be measured to fit. He is first and last. He is Lord.
 
Jesus is coming back to claim His own. His own will know Him for we are those whom Jesus took from nothing and made them something, from rejected to accepted. New life. New rules. New promises. Day and night difference in living life to the full.
 
Jesus is the Cornerstone….Came for sinners to atone…..
 
1 Peter 2, The Message
Part one
 
1-3 So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God.
 
The Stone
4-8 Welcome to the living Stone, the source of life. The workmen took one look and threw it out; God set it in the place of honor. Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God. The Scriptures provide precedent:
 
Look! I’m setting a stone in Zion,
a cornerstone in the place of honor.
Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation
will never have cause to regret it.
 
To you who trust him, he’s a Stone to be proud of, but to those who refuse to trust him,
 
The stone the workmen threw out
is now the chief foundation stone.
 
For the untrusting it’s
 
. . . a stone to trip over,
a boulder blocking the way.
 
They trip and fall because they refuse to obey, just as predicted.
 
1 Peter 2 living stone faith
9-10 But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
 
Think about it…
Is my stone (life) lining up with His?
 
Follow JesusDear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for words that stop us and cause us to think and evaluate the seriousness of living life to the full, measured and cut to fit and placed upon Your life. Wow. Continue to knock off the rough edges so I will be a better fit. Thank you for saving us. Thank you for caring and loving us so much that you speak to our hearts as Friend even though you are King of kings and Lord of lords!
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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