4 As you come to him, the living stone who was rejected by people but was chosen and precious in God’s sight, – 1 Peter 2:4 ISV
Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was rejected by His own people. He could do very few miracles in His own hometown because the people there thought of Him as just a carpenter, the son of Joseph and Mary. We can expect to be rejected as well, the created should not expect better treatment than the Creator received. Just as Jesus was ridiculed and rejected by those who knew Him only as a human, so can we expect to be treated the same way. This rejection did not keep Jesus from loving and ministering to those around Him who accepted the words that He spoke. Neither should ridicule or offensive remarks keep us from loving and witnessing to those around us. Jesus was chosen by God to give up everything, come to earth and live among humans who would not welcome Him as the Son of the Creator. We are chosen by God to give up nothing to receive everything and live among humans as holy priests. Our sacrifice is spiritual, we speak the words that the Holy Spirit gives us. This is acceptable to God. The ultimate end of the earthly ministry of Jesus was not shame but glory. If we trust in Him and remain faithful, our ultimate end will not be shame but an eternity in heaven praising Jesus because He was faithful and was chosen to rule the universe.
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” — Rev 5:13 NIV
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous