My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, December 15, 2011
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,
(1 Peter 2:4 NASB)
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.
(1 Peter 2:5 NASB)
There are two living stones mentioned here. First of all Christ is
the ultimate living stone -- the cornerstone. He is the foundation of
all things and around Him every thing is to be built. But, we are also
invited to be a living stone. We are to be like Him, the One who has
gone before us and literally 'paved' the way. However, it also means
that there are those who will reject us as well. We, who are living
stones like Him. Along the way there will be those who trip over the
living stones, because they simply see them as obstacles to their own
"easy" path which they are creating.
It was certainly not easy for Christ to be a living stone, and nor
is it supposed to be easy for us. However, when the living stones unite
together, they are able to build "The Church." Remember the Scripture
where it refers to us as being the Temples of the Holy Spirit? I
remember as I child that verse was used to remind us not to do things to
harm our physical bodies because the Holy Spirit lived within us.
Therefore we wouldn't want to smoke or drink. However I think we have
to question whether that individual sense is what is really meant in
that case. If we are living stones, then it would seem that combined,
as a people of God, we build together to become the Temple of the Holy
Spirit. That there is a sense in which He dwells within us corporately.
For me, it makes me have to question where I fit within the community
of faith. My desire is to be a living stone within that community --
holding up my part of the building! Being the part of a wall which
contains the Holy Spirit. My desire is truly to be a living stone, in
the image of Jesus Christ, not conforming to the world, being rejected,
and joining together with others of faith to build His Temple.
Come, Lord Jesus -- fill this place!
Lord, may I live today as a living stone of Yours. Amen.