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.
1 Peter 2:4-5 (NIV)
Read: 1 Peter 2:1-10
Consider: Jesus is the living stone against which we are to mirror ourselves. He is the example we are all to follow.
The interesting thing about the stones in a stone-built building is that every stone is needed and has a purpose. It doesn’t matter if one stone forms part of a doorway, another a window, with yet another part of an exterior wall. This is the same in God’s ‘spiritual house’. Every person who is a living stone in his living spiritual building is essential and each serves a unique purpose. No two stones are alike and no stone can be replaced by another.
Compare this to Paul’s description of the body and its parts in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. We can see that every Christian is essential in God’s eyes and each has a valuable and essential part to play in equipping the church with the right mix of people and gifts. While it is the Holy Spirit that gifts us, we need to be willing to use our gifts for the strengthening and upbuilding of the church.
If you’ve ever been tempted to see yourself as not needed in the church, then look again at 1 Peter 2 and 1 Corinthians 12. Take encouragement that, in Christ, God sees you as unique, valuable and essential.
Pray: Father, give us a clear vision of how you see us in Christ. May we be willing to be living stones in your spiritual house. Amen