Google+ 09/26/13 We Should All Be Living Rocks and Holy Priests!

1 Peter 2:4-5

 

You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple.

He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.

And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple.

What’s more, you are his holy priests.

Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.

 

In part four of our six-part devotion series entitled, "The Chief Cornerstone," we turn to the wisdom of Peter.  If you are struggling today with your place in God's Kingdom, this Scripture is for you!  Peter is addressing all persecuted Christians, probably under the tyrannical rain of Nero.  Peter not only tells all of us who Christ is, but fills us in on who we are.  We must look at ourselves as God's living stones!  Built upon the Chief Cornerstone, we are the living stones that are building God's spiritual temple.  Don't forget the first two lines of today's Scripture.  God ordained Christ as the living cornerstone of His temple.  Peter tells us that the people rejected Him.  Through both great and tough times, why would we expect to be treated any different than Christ?  "People" WILL reject us.  If we stand for Christ, as we discussed yesterday, constant struggle is eminent.  In a conversation I had yesterday with one of our thirteen-year-old young men in our ministry, he pointed out that God must be the driving force, behind all that we do because we struggle together!  This statement is why I listen so intently to children and teenagers.  He is 100% right.  Peter was also painfully aware of this fact, which is why he wrote to persecuted Christians to encourage them in their struggles.  Finally, Peter tells us that we are God's Holy Priests!  I promised that if you needed to find your place in God's Kingdom, today's Scripture would help.  God is counting on all of us to spread the word about Jesus, our Chief Cornerstone.  Christ must be the center of everything we do.  Rather than being a typical stone, we must live in Christ each day.  All of us should now have purpose for our lives today.  "We Should All Be Living Rocks and Holy Priests!"