A Living stone. What an odd idea, I thought.
Because stone seems like the most lifeless and static thing in the world.
In 1 Peter 2 verse 4-5, “As you come to him, the living Stone– (Jesus is the living stone) – rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him – you also, (meaning US, you and me are also living stone) also like living stones are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood.
I could understand why God used to describe us as stones, because it is an integral part in building God’s temple/kingdom. Stone was a main building material at the time this was written. Jesus being described as the Cornerstone, was also very fitting, because cornerstone is what anchors the whole building (the very foundation) and it is absolutely crucial for the cornerstone to be perfect. 4 corners of the cornerstone being same height, without imperfection, perfectly leveled and balanced. (Jesus fulfilled the law and brought the true justice. God’s Righteousness was in Christ)
What about the other living stones then? (us) I imagine we are the building block of this beautiful house of God with Jesus as our core foundation. We are stacked right next to each other and on top of each other to support this structure. How we are united as a body of Christ is what really makes or breaks this building. As I was envisioning me as a stone in my head suddenly it hit me,
Stones cannot walk!
Stones cannot even move themselves to other places or do anything by itself. It needs to be moved BY someone. (In this case, the builder) We are living stone, who are completely and helplessly dependent on our master architect and the builder, God. All we have to do is trust him when you have no idea what the whole building looks like, or what the master plan is. We humbly let God place us in right places we were meant to be.
Only God has the blueprint.
Let’s say that a stone had a mind and agenda of its own and decided to jump out of a building to a sidewalk. In verse 8 it says “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. We might be the ones making others stumble from our disobedience.
Lord, thank you so much for being our master builder and architect. We give our control over to you. We don’t want to live our lives on our own accord, but to submit fully to your word and follow your spirit daily. Amen.