Monday, October 20, 2014
“And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” ~ 1 Peter 2:4-5.
Many altars were put in place by the people of God in Old Testament days. There were altars of remembrance, made of stone, and put in place as a reminder and an opportunity to tell the story of what the stones were there to remind the people. The altars for the sacrifices required by God were made of stone – burnt offerings made on altars for everything from thanksgiving for things done by God for the people, to sin and guilt offerings. Jesus is the Living Stone, upon which the final sacrifice for all sin of every human in the world was achieved. He is the Living Stone Altar upon which we lay all our sin with faith and hope of the full payment that has already been made by His sacrifice on our behalf.
Once we are covered by His sacrifice, this scripture tells us that we too are being built up as living stones, altars of remembrance and service, for spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God. We are a living testament to the Living Stone we know as Jesus. Our lives are to profess Him and to show the world His work of grace that is active and effective in us. Thus it says:
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for GOD’s own possession, SO THAT YOU MAY PROCLAIM THE EXCELLENCIES OF HIM WHO HAS CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of GOD; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” ~ Vs. 9-10.
If you have not recognized and surrendered to the LIVING STONE, Jesus, I invite you to do so today. All it takes is to realize that “All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.” And realization that we cannot be good enough to win eternity with Him for ourselves, because His thoughts and ways are higher than ours, we cannot fully comprehend what good is in His estimation of it, so there is no way to be good enough. We have need of His grace to cover our inability to fully comprehend His goodness and His desires and motives, and His Spirit to teach us how to know Him that we may know His ways. We cannot do it ourselves. We must have Him. And He has provided the way, the truth and the life through what Jesus did for us. He gave us an example to follow, showing us our need of God, and He died the cruel death that was our suffer, covering the sin of the whole world. But we have to realize, recognize, believe and receive these truths to possess the gift. So simply bow in faith, believing, and ask the Father to apply this healing balm of Jesus’ blood to your life of sin, and grant You His Spirit for a life that pleases Him. Be sure to share these things you do today with a friend you know to be real and alive in Christ. They will help you begin your path to freedom and to life as His living stones.
For those who do know Jesus and have already professed and received Him, get with Holy Spirit today and evaluate these things that make us His living stones. Prayerfully consider your ways and make any needed adjustments to come into alignment with His desire and plan for you.
RECOMMENDED READING: Prayerfully consider the teachings of 1 Peter as you have time today, especially the rest of chapter 2-3.