Posted by: Heather | November 5, 2008

What is your cornerstone?

While contemplating the outcome of our Presidential election today, I found myself being afraid of Obama. The Holy Spirit brought a verse to my mind in rebuke. (A little sideline here, I was thinking the other day about God’s rebukes to his beloved children, and realized, that it is a wonderful thing that he loves me so much to take the time to correct me – and when I am corrected, there is a big hug at the end. He LOVES me – this correction wound up that way, let me share it with you)

1Pe 2:17 Honor all. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. (MKJV)

I realized that regardless of my opinion of Obama, I am not to fear him, or disdain him (that was the other temptation). I have been instructed to Fear God, and honor the king. (in our case the President)
I was away at work as I thought about this, so as soon as I got home and got the chance, I looked up the passage for it’s context. What I found was amazing to me and I would like to share it with you.

In 1 Peter 2, Peter is talking about how God is building a temple of living stones, well hold on; let me paste the whole chapter here for you to read, then I will hit some high points:

1Pe 2:1 Therefore laying aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envyings, and all evil speakings,
1Pe 2:2 desire the sincere milk of the Word, as newborn babes, so that you may grow by it;
1Pe 2:3 if truly you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1Pe 2:4 For having been drawn to Him, a living Stone, indeed rejected by men, but elect, precious with God;
1Pe 2:5 you also as living stones are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:6 Therefore also it is contained in the Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner Stone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him shall never be ashamed.”
1Pe 2:7 Therefore to you who believe is the honor. But to those who are disobedient, He is the Stone which the builders rejected; this One came to be the Head of the corner,
1Pe 2:8 and a Stone-of-stumbling and a Rock-of-offense to those disobeying, who stumble at the Word, to which they also were appointed.
1Pe 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for possession, so that you might speak of the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
1Pe 2:10 you who then were not a people, but now the people of God, those not pitied then, but now pitied.
1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I exhort you as temporary residents and pilgrims to abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,
1Pe 2:12 having your conduct honest among the nations, in that which they speak against you as evildoers, they may glorify God in a day of His visitation, seeing your good works.
1Pe 2:13 Then be in obedience to every ordinance of men, because of the Lord, whether to a king as supreme,
1Pe 2:14 or to governors as sent by Him for vengeance on evildoers, but for praise on well-doers.
1Pe 2:15 For such is the will of God, doing good to silence the ignorance of foolish men;
1Pe 2:16 as free, and not having freedom as a cover of evil, but as servants of God.
1Pe 2:17 Honor all. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
1Pe 2:18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to those good and forbearing, but also to the perverse ones.
1Pe 2:19 For this is a grace, if for conscience toward God anyone endures grief, suffering wrongfully.
1Pe 2:20 For what glory is it if you patiently endure while sinning and being buffeted? But if you suffer while doing good, and patiently endure, this is a grace from God.
1Pe 2:21 For you were not called to this? For Christ also suffered on our behalf, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps,
1Pe 2:22 He who did no sin, nor was guile found in His mouth,
1Pe 2:23 who when He was reviled did not revile in return. When He suffered, He did not threaten, but gave Himself up to Him who judges righteously.
1Pe 2:24 He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that dying to sins, we might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.
1Pe 2:25 For you were as sheep going astray, but now you are turned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (MKJV)

We are to lay aside all malice, guile, hypocrisies, envy, and evil speakings. (that was a tall order for me tonight), my mind asks, “How?” the answer is in the next verse. Desire the sincere milk of the Word, so that I may grow. (I am reminded of James 1, welcome the trial as a dear friend, ask God for wisdom) Sincere milk of the word. . . hmm. . . you know, I have had the opportunity to be around a baby lately, and her supreme concern is milk. She wakes up in the middle of the night for it, she can’t seem to get enough. Even when she isn’t hungry, it still seems to be on her mind. Especially when there is a problem. Do you feel like you have a problem? Where are you turning, at this time? Is it to the Word so that you may grow? Or are we huddling up in a corner somewhere hanging on to our guile, malice, envy, etc?

Does your problem draw you to the Living Stone? You know, God is building a place of worship – a temple – but it is made of living stones, and we are the stones. However, only if we have Christ as our cornerstone. If He is your cornerstone, then a couple of things are true. First, we won’t fit in here in this world. Second, we have been chosen to be a royal priesthood, and a holy nation! Who cares if we don’t fit in this old world! We have been chosen for something better!! But since we don’t fit in, we will be persecuted. In these times we will be tempted to behave badly, but if Christ is our cornerstone, we will remember to Honor all men, love the brotherhood, Fear God (only God I might add, not the persecutor), but at the same time honor the king.

You see, if we are only respectful in trials we deserve, what good is that? We deserve them. But if we are singled out because we don’t fit here, THAT IS SOMETHING TO REJOICE ABOUT! That means we are part of that temple made of living stones, whose cornerstone is Christ. If we are in that temple, then we have been chosen to suffer, but we also have Christ’s example to look at. He suffered for us. He did it without malice, guile, envy, etc. . .

To me the most wonderful thing about this is that last verse. Right about the time this all looks like too much for me, He reminds me that I am only a sheep, but He is the Shepherd and Overseer of my soul. That is the part that makes this doable.

So, don’t be afraid of president elect Obama. Fear God alone.

Craig

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Responses

  1. Our pastor made an encouraging statement Sunday. He said that nations historically don’t “change” for the better as a result of their leadership, they change when God chooses to work, they change when the Holy Spirit brings revival to the land. So in a sense, for us as Christians, it really is not important to look to our leaders to fix things, but to pray for them, to honor them as you have stated, but put our hope in God and pray for a spiritual revival in the land!

  2. […] 2 years ago.  We must put our hope in our Heavenly Father, not on our political candidate.  The message I received from scripture the night of his election is dear to me, and I would not trade […]


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