“Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”
I Peter 2:7-10 NKJV
I am humbled when I go before the Lord. Every morning, I go through my usual routine, making coffee, breakfast, etc. Then I go to my favorite chair to meet with God. As I sit down I reflect on the access I have to Holy of Holies, of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, who died for the sins of the world. I think of the price that He paid, for a debt He did not owe. How He was tortured, and killed because of me. Our sins put Him on the cross. Because of what He did, I can sit in a comfortable chair, read from the Scriptures and pray. The humility comes from understanding that Jesus did it all.
I am living in a world that declares that God is dead, that does not value human life, and worships at the altars of money and identity. The name of Jesus is a stumbling block for those who desire autonomy and want to do what they wilt, without regard to higher moral values. I go about in this earth as a alien, as one not of this world.
We who call upon the name of the Lord are priests and kings according to the order of Melchizedek, who serve the Lord. As a believer, I have access to God. When I sin, I go to God, when I read my bible, the Holy Spirit helps me understand so God can speak to me. When I pray with heart bowed and sin accounts short, He hears me. I rejoice in my being able to take people to the throne room of God in prayer.
We are living in perilous times. Life on this planet is becoming increasingly untenable, and it appears that life as we know it is slipping away. Many of us are struggling with the impending sense of doom and failing to remember whose we are. In the midst of all the uncertainty, I make an effort to remember that I am a son of the Most High God, adopted, beloved, and secured.
Brothers and sisters, remember whose you are in these times that are testing the hearts of people. We are ones called out of darkness into the marvelous light of Jesus Christ, not left in fear and trembling.
Let us also live as those who belong to God. Let us love the unloveable, let us bring God’s healing to the brokenhearted, and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Let us also demonstrate life in Jesus, as we turn from sinful lusts, and ways of life that lead to destruction. We are pilgrims in a far off land.
“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
I Peter 2:11-12 NKJV
There is coming a day when it is not politically correct to stand for Jesus. In many ways, we are already there. I believe it will get worse. If we are hated, let it not be because of evil we have done, but let be due to the cross of Christ. Do not get swept into the struggles and squabbles of this present time, instead focus on telling the world about the great salvation that saved your souls. Time is short.
“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
Revelation 22:20-21 NKJV