1 Peter 2:4-8
For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Vs. 6 (NIV)
What a delight to be a child of God! This delight is based in the fact that Jesus is my Savior and my brother.
When I am feeling pressed, down, and defeated by personal sin, the constant attack of guilt, or the fear of punishment, I focus on Jesus my Saviour. The Bible tells me that Jesus actually became sin for me (2 Corinthians 5:21). Through his suffering and death, he removed my guilt and set me free from condemnation (Romans 8:1). Jesus is truly a friend of sinners like me.
And when I face life’s daily struggles, I focus on Jesus my Brother. Jesus too experienced temptation, betrayal, and loneliness. He was tested in all ways and yet was without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Because he shared all of life’s joy and pain, he is able to and desires to help me.
When I sense the Father’s uncompromising love, through Jesus, I am simply overwhelmed with gratitude, and I want to live with him and for him every day. We are his children and as Peter says, we are each a “living stone” in the building that Jesus has established: the church. We are all part of something greater and we all live the role God has given to us. There is no place for personal pride, rather we serve together, living as a child of God with humility, childlike trust, and complete surrender to Jesus. If we all live this way and all do our part the church, the body of Christ will stand as a beacon of light to the world.
Father make me a living stone that fits properly into the beautiful spiritual house that will draw others to your place of refuge and shelter. Lord keep me humble, childlike in my faith and willing to do whatever you ask me to do. Amen