1 Peter 2:7-9 – Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”. They stumble, being disobedient to the Word, to which they also were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
The mark of a child of God is not perfection but hunger for Christ. If we have tasted the kindness of the Lord, we will desire Him .The reason for this is that a child has the nature of its father. We are, as it were, chips off the Old Block. 1Peter 2:4 says Christ is precious to God, and 1Peter 2:7 says therefore he is precious to believers. How then ought we to love Jesus! If you are born of God, see Jesus with the eyes of God. “To you who believe he is precious.”
But God’s precious, chosen, living stone, Jesus Christ, has never been precious to everyone. To the disobedient, He has always been a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.
- Why should the church (“also . . . living stones”) think that it should be any different with it?
- Yet, some brethren almost go into shock at the least rejection by society at large. They look for ways to change the church to make it more acceptable to their neighbors. They will do nearly anything to make the gospel more palatable to those whom they want to reach.
We must reconcile ourselves to a basic Bible truth. The gospel teaches that it will offend many people regardless of who preaches it or how it is preached! Surely, Jesus and His chosen apostles knew what to preach and how to preach it. Yet, people rejected their message. What makes us think that we can improve upon their message, manner, or results?
God has deliberately chosen the foolish and the weak ones of this world to further His good purpose. Because of this “not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.”
- In fact, God’s chosen ones — His Son, His Word, His Church – seem offensive to certain segments of society at large in many ways.
But we are a chosen generation, not of race or nationality or culture, rather by being united in Christ Jesus. We are not chosen because of our qualifications. We are the salt of the earth. Putting salt in the food does not make it visible to the taster, but when tasted you know it exists. Similarly we have work silently but wherever we go we have to focus on Jesus through our work.
When trials and difficulties come our way, if we operate in love, we will discover God’s purpose for our life. As the salt of the earth, our lifestyle should have a positive influence on those around us, thereby bringing them closer to God. We need to use the blessings that God has given us to share His glory among others.
DON’T SHINE SO OTHERS CAN SEE YOU. SHINE SO THAT THROUGH YOU OTHERS CAN SEE HIM.