Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt from it
Read 1 Peter 2:1-10
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house…
More thoughts for meditation
Peter’s letter alternates between affirmation and exhortation. He not only wants to remind the new Christians living in hostile territory of their commonality with Jesus, but he also wants to help them live like him. In this section, he uses the metaphor of “living stones” to do both.
Stones are normally stationary and cold but Jesus is a different kind – a living one. The only secure foundation to build one’s life upon is not a cold proposition but a Person. That’s the good news: for God so loved the world that he sent a Person, Jesus. Peter then challenges them to be the good news in their hostile world in the same way – as living stones who are being built into something together.
The phrase “being built” reminds me of the psalmist’s description of being “knit together in my mother’s womb.” Just as God knits a single person together, so God is building a people together who will form one, interdependent unit. The present progressive tense of “being built” implies that this is an ongoing action, already in process. We are to become so built into each other’s lives – sharing decisions, money, hope, and struggles – that we are like interlocking bricks of a house.
Suggestions for action
Pray: Jesus, show me how I’m necessary in this spiritual house you are building. Help me to give and receive even more.
One of the most basic ways we practice “being built” together is through sharing our lives and our stuff in cells. Picture your cell in a circle and pray for each person – that they would feel valuable and responsible. Ask God if there is an opportunity for your cell to share more of themselves or their resources. Plan to tell your cell that you prayed for them, and what came to mind.