Because I believe Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the dead, I am one of God’s living stones. The concept of believers being living stones, which God is building into a spiritual temple, is found in several places in scripture. 1 Peter 2:4-5 “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.” Here we are told that Christ is the living stone that was rejected by men. The next verse, 6, refers to Christ as the cornerstone, the solid foundation upon which our faith is built. We are part of a living community of faith built upon Christ.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Paul uses the term temple (a spiritual house) in referring to our bodies. “ Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” Since the Holy Spirit lives within us, our body is a house where God dwells- a spiritual house. God desires that we live ‘holy lives’ that are honoring to Him and reflect the love of Jesus. In Romans 12:1 Paul refers to being living sacrifices, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, our lives should be like living sacrifices seeking to please God and reflect His glory to the world. This is a big job that is only possible through His power. God chose to use us so that we can know and experience His grace. We can demonstrate the sufficiency of God’s grace. One of my favorite promises is in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “ But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Only through Christ can we be living stones that reflect His glory in our lives.
What about you? Do you feel like a living stone? Do you consider yourself a temple where His Holy Spirit resides? Since Lent is a time of prayer and reflection, think about your witness to others. If you find yourself lacking, offer it to God and ask for His help. Only through Jesus can we be the pure, living temples that God will find acceptable. Then through His merciful grace and power, He will use us to effect change on the world around us.
Living for Jesus,