Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone." 1 Peter 2:7
Quoting from Psalm 118:22, Peter likens those who do not believe to a builder who foolishly decides not to use the most important stone of the building. The capstone or "headstone of the corner" determined the alignment and integrity of the building. Only an imprudent builder would reject the capstone. But for believers, "this stone is precious."
For true believers, there is nothing we should hold in more honor, value, and respect than our relationship with Jesus, the "living Stone" (1 Peter 2:4). To be in union with Jesus provides abundant life with Him now, and eternity with Him later. His Spirit lives within us to teach, challenge, comfort, and yes, convict us of sin that takes us down dangerous paths.
C. H. Spurgeon says that hidden within Jesus are "all the precious things of the eternal covenant; and there he shall forever remain, the foundation of all our hopes, the glory of all our joys, the uniting bond of all our fellowship."
Lord Jesus, thank You for being the "foundation of all our hopes," "the glory of all our joys," and the "uniting bond of all our fellowship." We pray in Your precious name. Amen.
*C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David (Hendrickson Publishers), Volume 3, 110.