To you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, 'The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Chief Cornerstone,' and 'A Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense.' They stumble, being disobedient to the Word...
That Rock was Christ.
And whoever falls on this Stone will be broken; but on whomever It falls, It will grind him to powder.
In one way, God's army set the precedent for man's army. To join, both require breaking and rebuilding. Recruits are broken from their old ways to become new creations: members of an elite military corp. The plan? To transform them from glory to glory into the image of G.I. Joe, fighting man from head to toe.
But Heaven heralds another Fighting Man. He is Jesus, the Rock, God's Own Son, the Victor of a tremendous battle and the Leader of a coming uprising. It will be nothing less than a worldwide coup: a new Jerusalem on a new Earth. Upon meeting Jesus, earth's civilians have two choices:
1) Be crushed. Blindly, we trip and fall down, which makes us angry. We pull ourselves up and curse the Rock. Still, It's much bigger than we thought. Eventually, we find a way around It and get back to our own business. But ignoring a war doesn't make it go away. In time, that Stone will crush those who disdain It.
2) Be broken. Blindly, we trip and fall down, which makes us think. Instead of cursing the Rock, we pause and consider It. We see the Stone is beautiful, even providential. It stopped our slide in the wrong direction. We begin to realize the Stone is more than a stone. It's our Salvation. By choice, we build new lives upon It.
I fell in Group #2. I was broken. Now, from faith to faith, from glory to glory, I am being rebuilt into a better Image than any man could conceive: a citizen-soldier, a saint.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Volunteer to be broken. It's a soldier's duty and a civilian's opportunity. Even more, it's your ticket to success:
'Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you' (1 Peter 5:6-7).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.