Take a moment to refresh, refocus, and refine your faith.
Lord Jesus, you taught us by example the importance of making hard and holy decisions. No one has nor ever will sacrifice more for the greater good than you have done. As we face worldly backlash for doing what you say is right, we can take comfort in your empathy and encouragement from the promise of heavenly reward. You too know the heartache of isolation and rejection, the sting of being misunderstood and insulted, of treading the straight and narrow path. Thank you, Jesus, for fortifying us as we choose to build our lives on you instead of the pattern of this world. Amen.
1 Peter 2:4-8
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”[a]
“A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.