“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” So the honor is for you who believe…” 1 Peter 2:6-7
Shame and honor. In one sense, you could say that each of us live our lives in order to avoid the one and gain the other. Shame is the painfully powerful feeling that we are unworthy of love, respect, and acceptance. Many of us strive hard at work to avoid the shame of failure. Other of us build up our bank accounts to avoid the shame of being judged. Still others gain popularity and relationships to avoid the shame of rejection.
But the Scriptures teach that we can never deal with our shame problem on our own. No amount of occupational accomplishments, nor financial gain, nor good works, nor human relationships, can cover our shame and fulfill our deepest longings.
However, even though we can never heal ourselves of our shame, the good news is that we do not have to. In today’s text, the Apostle declares that, “whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” In fact, Peter writes that believers will be honored by the Lord.
This helps us see that to rid ourselves of shame is not through working, gaining, or earning more, rather it is about trusting in the grace of God and the solid foundation believers have in Christ.
Father, I trust in your grace through Jesus to take away my shame. Please build my life upon the rock of Christ and not the shifting sands of my own performance. Amen.