When a team plays a game. When a country goes to war. When a crew builds a house. When a church is planted. Each person has a specific contribution to make to another within the whole. So often in relationships we have expectations of what another will give to us, of what we will receive. We take for granted that we will give to another our best, be as diligent and loyal as necessary. For a team to succeed, a country, a crew or congregation–each person is just as responsible to the relationship as others. As Christians we’re more than ourselves. We are part of the body of Christ. Peter knew this when he wrote:
“As you come to Him, the living Stone—rejected by men 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
Christ died and rose again and ascended into heaven to sit at the right-hand side of God the Father. He was the Cornerstone to the Church. We are as precious to the Father as Jesus was. Jesus was rejected by men, but chosen by God. We also are like living stones–being built into the spiritual house of God. We are called to be a holy priesthood, just as Jesus was the chief Priest. God wants our spiritual sacrifices just as He wanted Jesus to be the acceptable physical attoning sacrifice. He asks us to live for Him.
Just live. Through Him, love. Through Him, forgive. Through Him, reconcile. Through Him, restore. Through Him, stand.
As Believers we live through Jesus Christ…He in us, we in Him. Spiritually, we positionally sit with Him in heaven just as surely as we sit here on earth.
What joy to know we are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. We are righteous through Christ. We are set apart and made holy through Christ. The world rejected Jesus; the world rejects us. And that’s okay. We are acceptable to our Heavenly Father. The battles on this earth we face together in His name. The trials, the persecutions, the difficulties. We are in it together–building one living stone upon the other–mortared together by the blood of our Savior and Lord. Rejoice, dear friends. Rejoice.
Who can defeat us? Who can be against us? We are “living stones” in the spiritual house of God. When the earth quakes and the mountains tremble and seas roar and man threatens, we are one, built together and standing strong as a fortress. Thank you for standing with me, my brothers and sisters.
PRAYER: Lord bless my brothers and sisters in Christ today. Give them wisdom and discernment. Let them each grow more in love with You each day. Let each rest in Your grace and be the blessed stone You’ve chosen them to be in the kingdom.