Living Stones

Living Stones

1 Peter 2: 1-5

“Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.  And coming to Him as to a Living Stone which has been rejected by men… but is choice and precious in the sight of God… you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

These words astound me.  Peter is writing to a suffering Church, and he is calling them to put aside every shred of a negative, angry, bad attitude, and grow up (He says) into salvation, because they know the kindness of the Lord.  They’ve tasted His love and His kindness.

Then he reminds them that if you’re feeling unfairly treated and rejected, so was your King!

But though He was rejected by men, He was chosen and precious in the sight of God – and so are you!  And you are being built up as a spiritual house and a holy Priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices to God through His Son.

To put this in context, consider our brothers and sisters in Sudan, in Nigeria, in Syria, or in countries where our brothers and sisters are being tortured, raped, and brutally murdered today.  These are the people that Peter was writing to.  People who have lost sons and daughters, mothers and fathers for no other reason than their faith in Jesus.  Peter speaks astounding words:

Grow up in Kindness.  Stop feeling sorry for yourselves.  Dump the maliciousness, the envy, the slander, et cetera from your mind and heart.  Peter calls them to face their hardships like citizens of another kingdom.  He is saying the same thing to us.

 You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture:  6“Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”  

7This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,
         “The stone which the builders rejected,
          this became the very corner stone,”

 8and,
         “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence”;

for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.

Although it may feel like you are being torn down, the truth is that you are being built up into a spiritual house as a Holy Priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Be encouraged today. It’s all worth it. 

~ Tom

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