Thursday, November 20, 2014

Living Stones

Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God— you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
                -1 Peter 2:4-5

Christ is the living stone, the cornerstone of our faith and our salvation.  And we, you and I, are living stones in this church that God is building.  ‘Chips off the old Block’, if you will.  Through our connection with Christ, our dependence on the Cornerstone, we are being built into a spiritual house.  Our first spiritual sacrifice is worship of God for his holiness, his mercy and the faith he has given us to believe in him.  Our very faith is a gift from God and we should never stop thanking him for this gift.

Our next spiritual sacrifice is our worship of God through our service to our neighbor.  God has chosen us Believers to be his hands and feet in the world today.  As ‘chips off the old block’ we are to follow Christ’s example of love, service and sacrifice.  We are to give our very lives in spiritual sacrifice so that others may know God and the love he has for them.  The world calls us to live by the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  But Christ calls us to a higher standard, “Love others as I have loved you.”  This is our spiritual sacrifice.    

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