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 

Stones were used for many different reasons throughout the history of the Jewish people. At times they were used as tablets containing God’s instruction to His people. In other instances, for slaying giants. Stones marked boundaries, sealed tombs, and served as altars. Foundations and walls were made of stone. Twelve memorial rocks were drawn from the Jordan to act as a reminder of God’s faithfulness to many generations. And Samuel, the last judge of Israel, named a famous stone Ebenezer. It means, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”

With all that rich history of symbolism, God’s people are now swept into this beautiful word picture we find in 1 Peter. Men are now, in Jesus Christ, living stones. Being used to build a spiritual house,  part of a structure formed by God Himself.

Think with me how meaningful it is to be God’s living stone. There is an excellent purpose in the structure of this spiritual house, and each man plays a role in its construction. Jesus is the cornerstone; this season marks the celebration of his advent. One on top of another, our lives together are placed by God. We are a testimony to His glory. Handpicked, God reveals how much He values not merely our participation, but also our belonging to Him. Start moving through life like God’s living stone.

DO THIS TODAY: Remind yourself you are part of a spiritual house.