As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5
I love the imagery that Peter uses here us each of us being like living stones. When you think about stones, you think of something solid, strong, but cold. But the picture here is one of stones filled with warmth, with energy, with vibrancy, along with being solid and strong.
To extend the metaphor, regular stones gathered together to build something strong, like a church building. When we as living stones come together to worship, we are building something strong, as well the Body of Christ, the Church at work, the active hands and feet of our Lord and Savior Jesus.
In my church where I worship, each child that is baptized receives a little stone as a memento and the parents are told that this stone can be placed on a child’s dresser and later in a backpack for the child to carry with him or her as a reminder that he or she is connected to the solid Rock of Jesus through Holy Baptism and that he or she is a living stone, called and blessed to work for Christ.
Because of this, I now have a stone that I have placed on my dresser to keep me focused on my role as Christ’s beloved chosen and precious brother and sister in the faith. And in response to that connection, I seek to be a strong and solid witness for him and for the fellow living stones around me.
Each day then is a opportunity to offer spiritual sacrifices to our God, as Peter implores us. What could be your spiritual sacrifice as a living stone of Christ today? Maybe it is taking the time out of your busy schedule to take a friend to the doctor or maybe it is picking up the phone and leaving an encouraging message to a friend in need. Or maybe it is just carving out a moment to pray and read the Bible to grow closer to the Lord.
In all of this, we need to be constantly reminded, as Peter explains, that Christ is the Cornerstone of our lives, the Stone on which our lives are built.
Consider picking up a stone along your way today and placing it in a special place in our home or office to keep your ultimate goal in life in mind—to live for the One who rolled the stone away on Easter morning and gives us new life each and every morn.