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Focus: Chosen by God
1 Peter 2:4-6 (NKJV) Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.
Remember those times in your childhood when teams were chosen and the members were picked one by one? The most popular kids or best players were usually picked first. Back and forth the team leaders—or captains would choose. It was a time of drama to see who would be on which side. The process couldn’t have taken that long, but for those of us who were among the last to be chosen—it seemed like an eternity.
Rejection is painful. There is no way to make ‘being the last one chosen’ sound glorious. At any age—it’s hard to be the last one picked or just plain not picked at all. We all want acceptance and approval.
We all want our thoughts and words to be valued by others. But, in this competitive world there are few people who are willing to give compliments or credit to people who have worked hard, hoping to earn respect. Most people are ‘out for themselves’ and some think showing gratitude is a sign of weakness. Can you imagine?
So, if you’re among those who have not had their efforts recognized—you might be questioning whether you have any worth or whether you should keep trying in your endeavors. Maybe there are times when you feel like just giving it all up.
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1 Peter 2:4-6 should bring some comfort to you, as you see it clearly stated that those who come to Christ are chosen by God and precious. In this passage you are referred to as a chosen ‘stone’ that will be used to build a spiritual house. You are not just some ordinary field stone, but a precious stone. Not even a semi-precious stone—but, a precious stone. That would be like a diamond, or some other very valuable stone with clarity and brilliance. Something dazzling.
Now, before you go getting all egotistical about your clarity and brilliance—let’s remember something very important. It’s because you are chosen by God that you are valuable and beautiful and have worth.
In the sight of man—you might not be all that special. But, God is able to see something that people don’t see, when He observes those who have endured rejection. He likes to work with material that has been tossed to the junk pile. So, sometimes He allows those experiences—like not being picked, or valued, or listened to—so we can become just the sort of material He is looking for.
When God reaches out and touches something that is seen as worthless—it becomes transformed. It is His touch that turns your hopeless, rejected life into something useful and extraordinary. The hunk of coal that you are before His touch is turned into something glittering and amazing.
An important concept that must not be missed in this scripture is the fact that you are not some ‘stand alone’ statement gem that is going to be placed on a pedestal in a museum under a spotlight for all to see. When you are chosen by God, you become imbedded between lots of other stones as part of the walls of the dwelling place of God. One stone among many—all of which are equally stunning and important. All chosen. All beautiful.
The verses we’re looking at here could seem to imply that ‘being rejected’ is one of the qualifications for being chosen. In other words, anyone who is not willing to be rejected—can’t qualify for a position. That would really mess with some people’s minds who just have to be the winner, right?
So, if this is one of those days, weeks, months, years, or seasons of your life when you haven’t been able to get over feeling like a loser—well, congratulations! You just qualified for the real prize. Getting to this point may be what all of the mess was about. Now you’re where God can see you, touch you, and transform you into that incredible stone that will fit the spot that was saved for you—the spot that no one else could fit into. It is just your size and He has been waiting for you to be ready. What a great day this is. It’s the day when you finally realized that all the rejection has been for a grand purpose. It’s the day you discovered God loves losers and is able to work with them. It’s the day when you became able to embrace all the times you were not picked by people—because you were chosen by God.
Declaration: I have new strength today because I know I was chosen by God. All of the times I was rejected by people prepared me to become a priceless stone God wants to use in His dwelling place. I no longer have to be ashamed.
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