May 22, 2013

Rejection to Restoration

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- May 22, 2013

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’. Mark 12:10-11

What is rejected for God can be restored by God. People can reject a good person, even a godly person, only to see themselves discredited and their object of contempt reinstated. The majority may miss the right conclusion, because the facts were withheld by a jealous few. Thus, beware of someone or a group with persuasive powers, but shady motives. Make sure all the facts have been flushed out, before sides are chosen. Those whose power is threatened, threaten their foes.

Jesus was rejected by the religious elite, only to be resurrected as Lord by His Heavenly Father. A few green with envy branded Jesus and His followers as power hungry political fanatics. However, heaven did not sit still in the face of these false accusations. The One whose character was assassinated and whose body was crucified became the payment for His critics’ sin. We can reject Jesus as our Savior, but belief in Him is still required for a right relationship with God.

So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. Isaiah 28:16

When we accept Christ, He brings us back to God. Our arrogant intellect rejected the existence of a personal God, but since He restored us to Himself we crave His company. Our self reliant spirit dismissed dependency on the Almighty, but now we are strengthened in Him. Our drive to accomplish ignored grace, but now having tasted God’s grace, we hunger for more. Our pride looked down on spiritual people, but now our humility compels us to look up to heaven for help!

Therefore, be a restorer of relationships, not a rejector. Who needs your intentional investment of time so they can be brought back into your good graces? You are the Lord’s minister of reconciliation. Because Christ is the capstone of your character, you have the honor to lay His cornerstone of convictions in the life of your children and grandchildren. Invite those who have rejected Jesus to accept Him. Like a refurbished piece of furniture His restoration is beautiful!

If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored. Job 22:23

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for receiving me into Your family of faith.

Related Readings: Job 42:10; Psalm 51:12; Ephesians 2:20;  1 Peter 2:7

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  1. Gary says:

    I’m sorry to point this out, but there are seriousl mistakes in this devotional pertaining to the scripture references. You list Mark 12:10,11 as Mark 12:11 and Job 22:23 as Job 22:3. As a pastor/teacher you are held to a higher standard and are bound to represent the God’s Word without error. In the last few months, I have seen more and more errors creeping into your postings; you have misquoted scripture and given incorrect references. This is serious in the eyes of The Lord. Please take heed to be sure you do not change one jot or one tittle of scripture. This can lead others astray and give them false ideas about what The Lord intends,

    Your insights always appear divinely inspired. It is a shame to diminish those revealed truths by failing to proof read or publish the Word as it is written.

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