For it stands in scripture: Behold I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.

1 Peter 2:6

Jesus is clearly the foundation of our faith.

But not all have chosen to base their lives on this God-man Jesus. He is, as 1 Peter makes clear, “rejected by people”. It seems like a fitting description of what it is like to be a Jesus-follower sometimes. Talking about a relationship with Jesus with family, co-workers, friends, or strangers seems to make you feel like you’re from another planet. Why would you base your entire life on the person Jesus? is a common sentiment I get from people.

Yet, I am encouraged by this statement in Peter in the same passage:

He says, “So the honor is for you who believe…” (v7)

The encouragement is that God honor our belief. God, the maker of heaven and earth, honors and recognizes those who have accepted and followed the second person of the Trinity and have made the Triune God the foundation of their entire faith.

Following Jesus can be an unpopular thing in the eyes of our peers and our culture. But as I gaze heavenward, I am encouraged that there is One who honors this child-like faith: my Father in heaven.