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.

1 Peter 2: 5

 

Peter gives us a really interesting picture of the way that God works in the lives of his children to grow, to mature, and to strengthen us. There have been times in my life where the change has been rapid and times when it seems as if erosion has taken place. Still, over the coarse of my relationship with Christ, a considerable amount of change has transpired. Layer upon layer of new and different material is added, and it is then pressed and molded under the pressure of living. Sometimes these additions come quickly with the explosiveness of a volcanic eruption; however, most of the time they are built up slowly in a daily process of adding a minute layer of sand and soil and a little plant material for color. Then, the result is an ever increasing piece of the living bed rock that is the body of Christ in this world.

 

The beauty, variety, and strength that we possess have a spiritual basis. God has created us and continues to develop all of us as spiritual beings. This is an extraordinary distinctive for those who know Christ, for our interaction with life; that is, the way that we engage people and situations, handle challenges and struggles, and gain direction and focus can be done from the Lord’s perspective. The decision to live life as spiritual beings is still in our hands. I know that I still struggle mightily with the conflict between my old, non spiritual self and the new one; yet, Christ doesn’t stop building me up. In fact, He uses my negative life decisions as learning opportunities. Grain of sand by grain of sand, day-by-day God continues to shape me and to strengthen my heart.

 

The same process of development and change is alive in all of his children. We are not alone in this world; rather, we are each single stones in a great building, a living cathedral that is the true body of Christ. God’s intent is that we would never need to enter into life alone. We have companionship, comfort, and protection together in this family of spiritual blood relatives. We have a singular priestly purpose, for we serve Christ by communicating His heart, His love, and His saving grace to each other and to the rest of the world. The sacrifice, the gift that God desires from us is that we would give Him all of ourselves so that we would allow the people that we contact during this day to see the Spirit of Christ alive in us. He wants us to stop painting over the beautiful stone of our spiritual house with culturally safe colors. Instead, Christ has created in each of us a depth of beauty that is too rare and too precious to hide; for, He has provided each of us with the sparkle and the spark of His Spirit.