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 to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:4-5)
As I read this passage I think of the Holy Land and how stones are so common there. Yet in the same land is a massive retaining wall that used to support a beautiful temple. This retaining wall was built with huge, beautiful, amazingly well-crafted stones that were placed with precision. The difference between a useless object to be discarded and a beautiful work of art that supports a life-giving connection between God and people is the work of skilled craftsmen.
Jesus was rejected as useless by many he encountered. But because he was chosen by God and precious to him, he lived out his calling to be the living Stone that gives life to us dead human stones. As the Master Craftsman, Jesus is able to chip away at all our hard corners and uneven edges to form us into beautiful dressed stones that fit together with other stones that he is working on to become a beautiful house of living stones. This building is really a temple through which people encounter the living God as Jesus lives his life through us.
This house is a spiritual house. It certainly does not look like much to the unaided eye. But in God’s eyes, this house—his Church—is beautiful. And with the eyes of faith, we can also see the beauty of this broken down, ragtag bunch of misfits. We are receptacles of God’s grace and that is what makes us beautiful, strong, supportive and a life-giving blessing to others. It is all about Jesus, the Chief Cornerstone and the Master Craftsman.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, we come to you and ask you to continue doing your masterful work of transforming our lives. By your Holy Spirit, help us to see what needs to be chipped away. Help to fit together with your other living stones. May we always cling to you as our Chief Cornerstone. Amen.