Matthew 21:44, “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”
Reading: Matthew 21:28-46
Ever heard your favorite minister write or talk about this verse in Matthew (vs 44)? Probably not. But let me share this story with you.
The scenario: The scene was disturbing. I was at an exotic animal sale when in comes a fallow deer being sold. A young man was pulling vigorously at the end of a rope, trying to drag a deer into the bidding ring. With all four legs braced, the deer made it obvious that here was the last place he wanted to be. There was only a few bids before the auctioneer closed the sale. The seller shook his head at the meager price his animal brought.
The next scene caught everyone’s attention. An older lady came through the door with a beautiful deer walking by her side. Although she was holding a rope, the rope was slack. Lively bidding started and continued strong until finally the auctioneer closed the sale. The seller smiled; she had received a premium price.
So, “What made the difference?” Well, both deer were healthy and very nice looking. But why was one worth so much more?
The first deer brought in by the young lad had ideas of his own. What his master wanted got in the way of his plans. The buyers saw the trouble this deer would bring and were not willing to pay much. The other deer was broken. His will was subject to his master. He was easily controlled and directed. The buyers saw great potential and were willing to pay the price.
Now we are not animals being sold at an auction, but our brokenness (willingness, loss of free will to our Master) has much to do with our usefulness to our Master. In today’s Bible reading, Christ is likened to a cornerstone. Today’s key verse shows the two options we have for relating to this Stone: Either we will voluntarily fall on It and be broken, or this Stone will fall on us and grind us to powder. The question now is, which one will you choose?
2 Chron 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him….”
Leila Naylor Morris stated, “Fully surrendered, Lord divine, I will be true to Thee; all that I am or have is Thine, I will be true to Thee.”