Rejected by Humans But Chosen by God
Read 1 Peter 2:4–8
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—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. For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
There are three passages in the Old Testament that use the image of a stone: Psalm 118:22–23, Isaiah 8:14–15, and Isaiah 28:16. In today’s passage, Peter references all three to pastor his audience. Remember that his letter was directed to Christians scattered throughout the non-Christian world who were being ostracized and denigrated. Peter wanted them to know that Jesus was the predicted Messiah of the Old Testament, but also that part and parcel to His being chosen by God was His being rejected by people. Just as Jesus was rejected, those of us who derive our identity from Jesus—Peter calls us “living stones”—will also be rejected by people and face many trials simply because we follow Jesus. In our rejection, we can identify with Jesus and Jesus identifies with us.
- What does it mean about you that your identity derives from Jesus? In what other things or people have you sought to place your identity? How does your identity in Jesus impact your daily living? How would you like it to?
- When have you experienced rejection because you are a Christian? Did that rejection surprise you or cause you to doubt your faith? Why do you think that is?
- What is God seeking to draw your attention to through today’s passage?
God, thank You for the gift of my true identity in Christ. Help me to believe that I am accepted by You through Christ even if I am rejected by people. Give me the strength to continue to share and live out my faith in You especially when I’m afraid or worry about being made fun of, shamed, or rejected. Keep me close to You and grant me peace. Amen.
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