Reading: 1 Peter 2: 2-10
Verse Five: You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a royal priesthood.
God desires to always be at work in our lives. God is always looking to build us up, to ever draw us closer to the image of His Son. But we don’t always cooperate. Sometimes we halt the building progress. Sometimes we even tear down what God has built. Sometimes we wander far and become a total reclamation project.
Peter is the author of today’s text and is a disciple we relate well to. At times he jumps all in for his faith and does amazing things. He was the one who climbed out of the boat and walked on water. And at other times Peter stumbles and falls. Peter was the one who swore total allegiance to Jesus and later denied knowing His three times that very same night. In Peter we can see how God kept working on him, kept growing his faith. In Peter we also see the “rock that made them fall”.
As we look back over our faith journeys, we too can see how we, “the living stones”, are constantly being shaped and formed and reshaped and reformed by God as a “spiritual house to be a royal priesthood”. As we reflect on our lives of faith, we also can surely see times when we too “rejected the stone” or when we were “out in darkness”. Just as Peter did, we too experience being called back into the “marvelous light” of Jesus. As we journey and grow in our faith, we continue to become more and more like Christ. It is a wonderful journey.
It is a journey that God starts us on and it is a journey that God keeps us on, constantly seeking to be at work in our lives. No matter what, God continues to lovingly work on us and to call us ever closer to the image of His Son. When we stumble, God lovingly picks us up and continues us on our journey. As children of God, “now you have received mercy”. For God’s love and grace, we say thanks be to God.