1 Peter 2:4-5 (NRSV): Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 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.
These two verses serve as a meditation point regarding our role in Christ’s church. I’m going to raise some questions, and we can each seek our own answers.
What does it mean to be a “living stone”?
What sort of usefulness do I provide to Christ’s spiritual house?
How do living stones work together, and how well am I working with the ones around me to support and build the house?
What does it mean to think of Jesus Christ as the cornerstone? How does that truth define my role?
The metaphor shifts to that of “priesthood.” What does it take for a group of people to act as priests to the world, and how does that concept tie to the “spiritual house”?
What spiritual sacrifices have we made, and must we still make?
Lord, may the answers we find today move us toward holy action. Amen.