So get rid of your feelings of hatred. Don't just pretend to be good! Be done with dishonesty and jealousy and talking about others behind their backs, Now that you realize how kind the Lord has been to you, put away all evil, deception, envy, and fraud. Long to grow up into the fullness of your salvation; cry for this as a baby cries for his milk.

Come to Christ, who is the living Foundation of Rock upon which God builds; though men have spurned him, he is very precious to God who has chosen him above all others.

And now you have become living building-stones for God's use in building his house. What's more, you are his holy priests; so come to him - [you who are acceptable to him because of Jesus Christ] - and offer to God those things that please him. as the Scriptures express it, "See, I am sending Christ to be the carefully chosen, precious Cornerstone of my church, and I will never disappoint those who trust in him."

Yes, he is very precious to you who believe; and to those who reject him, well - "The same Stone that was rejected by the builders has become the Cornerstone, the most honored and important part of the building." and the Scriptures also say, "He is the Stone that some will stumble over, and the Rock that will make them fall." They will stumble because they will not listen to God's Word, nor obey it, and so this punishment must follow - that they will fall.

But you are not like that, for you have been chosen by God himself - you are priests of the King, you are holy and pure, you are God's very own - all this so that you may show to others how God called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were less than nothing; now you are God's very own. Once you knew very little of God's kindness; now your very lives have been changed by it. 1 Peter 2: 1-10 (TLB)

Wayne Greenawalt lives in Illinois. He hurried to the park near his house, excited to try out for the Little League team. After doing drills for a while, they gathered to hear who was chosen to be part of the team. Wayne was expectant, but unfortunately he was not chosen. Dejected, he slowly walked home.

Most people can probably identify with this experience - whether not selected to be part of a team, not accepted into the college of their choice, or not chosen to receive a desired job. When we aren't included or chosen, we can become discouraged. But even when others find us unsuitable, we have been chosen to be members of God's family. What a privilege! Furthermore, we have been chosen to "declare the praises" of God who called us out of the darkness into God's light. When we feel insignificant and unwanted, we can remember our family and our high calling. We are God's ambassadors, proclaiming the message of reconciliation to the world.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for choosing us. Help us to remember that we have an honorable calling, in Jesus' name, amen.

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