Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him, “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” And, “He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:7-9
Dear God, I know that our sinful nature leads us to want to reject you and wallow around in our own humanness. How do I know this? Because it’s only 8:00 on a Saturday morning and that’s what I wanted to do already today. It’s as simple as asking myself if I want to spend some time in worship or if I want to be selfish with my time. I’m about to do a big exercise thing this morning, watch some College Gameday and then watch some football. But before I do that, as I make my breakfast, do I want to take a moment, listen to some Christian music and spend some time journaling this prayer, or do I want to put on some of my more adrenaline-pumping music, read some news, and let my emotions get caught up in the cares of this world? Do I want to till the soil of my heart, or do I want to water the thorns that will choke out your Spirit?
Father, I’m no better or different than anyone else. I want to indulge my desires and feed the emotions that make me feel right and make everyone else wrong. They feed my insecurity. They feed my need to increase at the expense of others. But for this morning, at least in this moment, I worship you and I thank you for everything you have done for me.
In Jesus’s name I pray,