Thursday, August 3

1 Peter 2:4-10 (ESV)

4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 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. 6 For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”[a]

8 and

“A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.


Reflection

Who or what is your “rock”? What are the things that keep you

grounded, make you feel stable and rooted? I feel blessed that I

have multiple things or people in my life who I consider to be

rocks: my family, close friends, my church family, my love and

passion for music, and my faith. When life feels shaky, these are

the things that I turn to, to help regain my footing.

Today’s scripture is about the Living Stone. Peter describes

Jesus as the Living Stone, the cornerstone of our spiritual house.

Jesus is the rock that keeps us grounded in our faith, the stone

that roots our faith in place. We also are like this living stone,

built into the spiritual house of God. Because of Jesus’s

faithfulness and love and steadfastness, we can stand rooted and

firm. This in turn allows us to be rocks or Living Stones for

others. We can rest in the arms of Jesus, confident that he will

keep us grounded, and allow us to go out and shine a light for

others.


Prayer

Lord Jesus, you are the Living Rock on which I stand.

Strengthen my faith in you that I might point others to you and

the strong foundation you provide for our lives. In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

 

Written by Christie Lazarides

Director of Contemporary Worship