Living Stones

1 Peter 2:4-8(NIV)

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. For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,

“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”

and,

“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”

They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

When I see the devastation of the wildfires in Fort McMurray, it reminds us of how powerful and quickly the fire can spread from forest to a community. Beacon Hill is an area on the south part of the city with 700 homes or 80% of the community burnt to the ground.  All that remains is the foundation, which is made of cement.  Although the rest of the structure of wood and brick was burnt, the foundation of cement still lies in the ground.  It will take time and resources to build up the community again.

The Bible says that Jesus was the living Stone.  He was rejected by humans, but chosen by God.  As a follower of Christ, I am like a living stone and God builds his spiritual family with my life.  Our houses and our bodies will age and decay, but Jesus is the foundation that allows us to live a faithful life and God will build our lives to be a holy priesthood.  When the wildfires hit our lives, we have a solid foundation that will not fail us and will allow us to stand through our trials.

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