The Importance of Christ

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And, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for. 1 Peter 2:8

In 1 Peter 2:4-8, the apostle uses the example of a building to help us understand the eternal importance of our relationship with Christ. He describes Jesus as "the living Stone," "the cornerstone," and the "stone that is precious." In the previous verse, Peter gave a warning to those who do not believe (1 Peter 2:7); now, in today's verse, he follows with a second warning.

Peter makes it clear that not everyone will believe in Jesus as Savior. In fact, the Christ on the cross will cause many to stumble and fall in disbelief. They will hear, but choose to disobey the message. We all know of people who are "stumbled" by the Person and work of Jesus. Maybe that person is right in your home.

We cannot make anyone trust in Christ, but we can do two things. We can pray that God will soften hearts, open blind eyes, and breathe life into the spiritually dead. And, we can live our lives in such a way that others will see that's exactly what God has done for us.

Father, we pray for those we know and love who do not know and love You. We pray that You will do Your work in their hearts. Change them by the work of Your Spirit. Help us to live as examples of a life changed by Jesus. In His name we pray. Amen.