The Cornerstone: Rejected By Men, Chosen By God
You have been rejected by man, but chosen by God. We all have been rejected. Rejected by family members, friends, lovers…rejected from a social group, a job, or place. But we have never been rejected by God. People will reject us, overlook us, misjudge us….toss us to the side but God will raise us up.
Nobody knows the feeling of rejection better than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus was sent on this earth to save the lost and to pay the price for our sins so that we may have eternal life. But his own people, the chief priests, Scribes, Pharisees, and Jews…people who were suppose to be believers in God rejected him. John 1:11 says, “He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.”
So let it be no surprise or disappointment to you when people reject you. Like Jesus, the same people you were sent to love, help, save and pray for will reject you…despise you. Even your own people or other Christian believers will reject you. But do not let that discourage you. Do not let that make you give up hope. Rejection hurts any form it is given but man’s rejection=God’s promotion.
The Word says in Psalms 118:22, “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” Now at the time the scripture was referring to the appointment of King David but it was also foreshadowing Jesus and how he would be rejected by men but appointed by God.
Peter says in Acts 4:11, “Jesus is the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.” Jesus is the foundation of life which we must build upon. He is the head stone of the corner….the church. He unites us all together and through him, if we believe in him, we have eternal life.
But despite him being the cornerstone, people still rejected him. Like they reject us. The people who we are sent to help…to love… reject us. The chief priests, Scribes and Pharisees, built their life around carnal privileges, past traditions about God’s law passed from Moses, and their own legal righteousness.
They refused to believe Jesus was the sent Messiah and they refused to honor him and follow his doctrine and ordnances. They refused to hear him preach, teach, and tried to stop others from hearing him. People he was sent to deliver, help, and save.
So the next time you beat yourself up and bad about getting rejected. Think about how Jesus felt. He got rejected by his own people. So he knows and can sympathize and empathize with our pain of rejection.
When you are sent by God and people reject you, not only are they rejecting you but they are rejecting God. So don’t take personal offense. Jesus was the cornerstone and they rejected him. The same people who reject us will be the same people who will have to end helping, saving, and loving in the end.
1 Peter 2:7-8 says:
“Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, the stone the builders rejected become the cornerstone, and, a stone that causes people to a rock that makes them fall. They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.”
The most powerful part of that scripture to me is when it says “what they were destined for”. Like Jesus, the people who reject you will need you. You were destined to help them, save them….but until they accept you they will stumble, they will fall because you are the cornerstone which the builders (the people) have rejected.
Today I encourage you to remember that you are the cornerstone which the builders have rejected. Like Jesus, the same people who rejected you will eventually need you. When man rejects you, God will raise you up. Jesus was rejected too, but he became the cornerstone.
Today’s Scripture: “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.” 1 Peter 2:4-5