The Rejected Stone
This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. Psalm 118:22-23
- Children -- Sometimes we fail to listen, we fail to take the time to engage with them because we see them as distractions in the busy life we lead. In truth, they have a faith from which we can learn true worship.
- The poor -- Our Common Grounds service is attended by homeless, poor, addicted, marginalized people. I'm part of the Prayer Vigil team at our church. One of the things we do is to collect prayer concerns from members of the congregation. The people who attend this service submit requests each week. Reading their requests, I am struck by their huge needs but also by the many blessings that they list as reasons to celebrate.
- Opportunities -- Do we ever reject opportunities to serve God because we can't see the purpose in them? Do we ever choose to say "no" because it's a job that we think is "beneath" us? Do we ever say "no" because we think something is beyond our capabilities? I've been asked to participate in a ministry at church, and I'm debating what my answer will be. My biggest barrier to saying yes is that I'm just not sure that I would be any good at it. Am I short changing God? Or am I being realistic?
- Ourselves -- Do we ever reject ourselves or fail to have confidence in what we are able to do forgetting how God will equip us for his purposes? I have a friend who does not often speak in front of "grown-ups." She is a teacher, both in the world and in the church, and is especially gifted for dealing with children. She told me once, "I just don't speak in front of anyone over 10 years of age." One Sunday, though, she did. She did it for me -- her willingness to serve was placed ahead of her self-doubt, and she did a marvelous job. Sometimes we get those priorities out of order.
What is the stone that we are rejecting that God will use for his purposes?