“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
As I sit and watch our dedicated construction crew erecting our second school building in Haiti, this verse from 1 Peter entered my mind. As I pondered it, the Holy Spirit created a degree of sadness in my heart considering that we, as Christians today, fail to appreciate, and further, are not taught, our role as “living stones”. As I watch the school going up one cement block at a time it is very evident that if a block were to be left out, a hole would result in the wall making it incomplete. This is directly analogous to our position on this earth as Christians. Each one of us are “LIVING stones”, according to Scripture. If we were meant to just fill a position in a wall than there would be no need to place the adjective, living, as a descriptor of the stone. Therefore, Peter is telling us that we are to be alive and active as Christians, fulfilling Christ’s direct commands to us found throughout Scripture, especially in the gospels.