Scripture: 1 Peter 2:1-10
Key verse: (5) “Like 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.”
Reflection: Our church buildings have beautiful stone exteriors. If you stop and look closely, you will notice that no two stones are alike. Each stone is uniquely shaped. A stonemason did masterful work in forming those stones together to make a structure.
First Peter was a letter written to encourage early Christians in their faithfulness. The writer uses the metaphor of a stone structure to describe how God works to unite disciples into a spiritual community. Each stone is essential. Each stone will bear weight for the finished structure. (Have you played Jenga? Remove a wooden block and you risk the tower tumbling down.) And each stone is unique. No two disciples are alike and that is part of what makes our spiritual community stronger and more beautiful.
Did you notice the verbs in “let yourselves be built’? The writer doesn’t say “build yourselves into a spiritual house.” We are not the builders. We are merely stones. And we surrender our lives to our Lord who will be the stonemason using us to make something bigger than we can imagine.
Entrust yourself into the hands of God and allow God to use you in the world. Be a living part of a spiritual community because we depend on you and your gifts and your commitment. When you don’t participate, everyone loses something and the spiritual house isn’t as strong or as beautiful as it can be.
Prayer: Jesus Christ is the cornerstone, O God. Teach me to trust in him and to allow him to lead me. Strengthen my faithfulness to community life. Use me Lord, use even me. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[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].