Scripture: 1 Peter 2:1-10
Key verses: (4-5, 9-10)
“4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
“9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
Reflection: The apostle Peter wrote to Christian believers in Asia Minor, at a time in which they were regarded as outsiders by their social communities. They were subject to ridicule and persecution because their beliefs set them apart from others. Peter offers them assurance that they are a chosen people, set apart to bring light into a dark world. He talks of “living stones,” building up a spiritual house. His words were written after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. The people of God had seen the stones of that holy dwelling place of God torn down and scattered. The temptation to despair was great. But the gospel of Jesus Christ asked more of those who followed him.
“Come to him,” Peter says, “and let yourselves be built into a spiritual house.” The actual stones of the place of God are no longer in place. Now, the people of God must pick up the pieces and build what comes next. The foundation of that new building is Jesus himself, the cornerstone. Staying grounded in Jesus will enable the small band of believers to follow him and proclaim his “mighty acts” to those who still need to know him.
In a time when people find so many ways to spend their time other than worshiping and serving Christ, how can we hear Peter’s call today? Perhaps the call to come to Jesus is for us as well. Today, spend some time reflecting on him and how he is the cornerstone of your own life.
Prayer: Holy God, you have called me to be part of your holy people, and I am grateful. Equip me to be a living stone, helping to build up a spiritual house for you. Teach me your ways, through Christ the Lord, I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].