We often hear the message that Christ is our Cornerstone and foundation. However, as I read 1 Peter I noticed these verses that express how we should look at ourselves as living stones.
since you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God— 5 you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:3-5
We always hear the call to be the hands and feet of Christ or the body of Christ, but have you ever considered being a “living stone” of His spiritual house? I adore this imagery. Imagining each one of God’s children working together and building upon each other, making the house stronger with each person we add to the family (house).
When we camp in the mountains we search for stones to build Cairns (the picture above shows three we built). Cairns are carefully arranged piles of rocks that guide hikers in areas where there are no trees or where visibility is poor. We just made them for fun, but we had to search carefully for each stone to make sure it fit perfectly in size and shape to make the next level. No stone could be the same in creating this tower. If we didn’t have every shape and size of rock around the construction would have failed. Just like each of us, created differently to complete a distinct mission and fill the divine purpose God created us to. When we do this, we guide others who are lost towards Christ and begin to open their eyes to His glory and love so they can experience being a “living stone”.
Incredible! What does it look like to work together as “living stones” and to build upon each others strengths and grow God’s spiritual house?
I imagine it’s when we come together in love, not in competition or judgement, and use the spiritual gifts and talents that God has given each of us to share the Gospel. Not being jealous of someone else’s gifts and talents, but coming alongside them with the gifts God has blessed us with. Not comparing our abilities to others, but doing what we can and accepting what God has given us and left out of our lives. Not grumbling about the sacrifices we have to make, but giving thanks for the opportunity we have to be a part of God’s spiritual house.
Whew, God never said it would be easy. Being a “living stone” of His spiritual house will take more strength, courage, wisdom and humility than we have inside our little fingers. The beauty of God’s plan and love is that He never created us to do it alone. All we have to do is call on Him, trust in Him and lean on Him for all we need to carry out His will and grow His house. I’m in! How about you?