Justin Tucker

LHC Worship Pastor

1 Peter 2:4-6

“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.'”

In these verses, the apostle Peter paints a vivid picture of Christ as the living stone, the foundation upon which our lives are built. He acknowledges that Jesus was rejected by people, yet chosen and esteemed by God. As believers, we are invited to come to Him, embracing our identity as living stones, intricately connected to the Living Stone Himself.

Like a master architect, God is constructing a spiritual house with Jesus as the cornerstone. He is building a community of faith, the Church, where each one of us has a vital role to play. We are not mere bystanders but active participants in this divine construction project. We are called to be living stones, securely placed upon Christ, our foundation, and interconnected with fellow believers.

Our purpose as living stones is to offer spiritual sacrifices that are pleasing to God. Our lives are meant to be devoted to Him, presenting acts of worship, love, and service. Every word spoken in kindness, every act of compassion, every prayer lifted in faith becomes a spiritual sacrifice before God.

Let us remember that our identity as living stones is not based on our own merits or accomplishments but solely on God’s grace and Christ’s sacrifice. As we embrace this truth, we find comfort and assurance. We are secure in our connection to Christ, knowing that we will not be put to shame. We can boldly stand upon the Living Stone, our foundation, trusting in His unwavering faithfulness.

May we continually abide in Christ, the Living Stone, allowing His life to flow through us, shaping us into vessels of His love and grace. Let us rejoice in the privilege of being part of God’s spiritual house, a holy priesthood, reflecting His glory to the world.