This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Week after week we gather to sing and praise the King of Kings. Sometimes it is easy to forget that we are singing to a powerful and glorious God who loves us. For me, as a drummer it sometimes can be a little hard to worship because I am focused on keeping time and making sure i do my part. The thoughts of how awesome, forgiving, and mighty God is can be hard to obtain when you are playing music. There are a lot of distractions. It can be tough as well when you are out in the crowd to get in a place of worship, after fighting with kids on the way to church, spilling your coffee on your favorite pair jeans, and having a random person say something rude to you that morning. I get it, it is rough sometimes.
This past Sunday morning I was spending time with the Lord before services. I was reading Acts 4. Peter, John and the power of the Holy Spirit healed a lame beggar at the gate of the temple. Then they began to preach the Gospel! This did not sit well with the Priests and Sadducees, who were opposed to the idea that Jesus was the Messiah. The two were imprisoned until the next day where they would stand trial. The question was asked to Peter and John in verse 7, ““By what power or by what name did you do this? Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and answered in verses 10-12, “Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by Him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
After reading this, I was reminded that the same Holy Spirit that filled Peter and John is alive in me. My prayer for worship that morning was to be filled with the Spirit. What happened next? Worship was amazing! That same Holy Spirit that was given to us through faith in Jesus IS ALIVE. This week, my prayer for you is to invite the Holy Spirit and be filled. Be filled with love and be filled with the blessed assurance that God the Father is Sovereign! Sometimes church is the same old, same old. Pray for that to change! Worship the King Sunday knowing that, like Peter said, HE IS THE CORNERSTONE!
Sean Walters - Student Ministry - StoneBridge Baptist Church