July 30 - 1 Peter 2:4-6

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house  to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: 

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”  

We are like living stones being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  And Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of this spiritual house.

When I think look at a stone, I find myself fascinated by the pits and grooves in it which illuminate the life this stone has led up to the moment I have it in my hand.  I also think about the eons of wear that might have brought the stone to its current shape and location.

Stones are solid, but they can be worn away and transformed into different shapes.  A stonemason can also work with them to bring them together to form a home or a wall.

The cornerstone was always the first stone placed in a wall.  This stone would determine the position of the building and then act as the reference point for all other stones to be set into place.

All of this information is so important if we take the time to see ourselves as part of the bigger whole and not as terribly important individual stones.  With Jesus Christ as the cornerstone, we determine who we should be and where we should go, based on his position.  He is our reference point.  As we come together as a unit of believers in Jesus Christ, we are made into a holy priesthood.

But, if we insist on making Christianity look like something that we have created, that spiritual house is nothing more than a reflection of ourselves.  There is no foundation, there is no cornerstone. We don’t have the strength or power to determine the positioning of the church. Things fall apart.

The world needs us to be a holy priesthood, a spiritual house.  The world needs to know that our reference point is Jesus Christ … not ourselves.