Psalm 118:22-23


The Stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing it is marvelous in our eyes.

The thing’s people refuse are the things they should use

—Bob Marley, Cornerstone.

Bob Marley opens his song “Cornerstone” by saying, “the stone that the builders refuse will always be the chief cornerstone.”  The “builders” represent the experts or gatekeepers who think they have the power to select who gets used, who gets through and who doesn’t advance but it is God who has the last says so.  The very thing they rejected is what ends up getting selected.

If you’ve ever been rejected you know initially that it hurts.  You don’t understand why you’ve been turned away by people who should have seen your value, but even if they don’t see it, you can rest assured that God has a spot for you.  The place that the “builders” rejected you from does not compare to the place God places you.  The stone that the builders refused ends up becoming the chief corner stone.  That’s the most important part of the building.

The cornerstone is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.  Since you were rejected you are about to shift everything around you after God is finished with you. You were rejected but selected!

1. You were picked last but you will be used first.  Jesus said it best, “the first shall be last and the last shall be first.” Get ready to be moved up in priority!

 2. Your positioning will reset everybody else’s position around you.  You don’t have to jump up and down to prove how important or how talented you are.  Your gifts will make room for you and bring you into the presence of great men.

3. You were rejected so you could be selected for a greater purpose.  Jesus came to his own and his own did not receive him because God’s greater purpose was to save all of humanity through Jesus.  He was rejected by his own but he was selected as the Chief Cornerstone.


Dear God,

Thank you for taking me from the rejected pile to be used for a greater purpose.  You are using me to build a foundation in my community which will change my city, and impact the world.  I am the stone that the builders refused but the one you decided to use.  For that I’m grateful.

In Jesus Name,