To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but choosen of God, and precious. Ye also, as a lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Ye also, as lively stones>Eph.2:21 – In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
an holy priesthood> Isa. 60:21 -Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
to offer up spiritual sacrifices> Hos.14:2 and Mal.1:11 – For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
acceptable to God by Jesus Christ> Phil. 4:18 – …….a sacrifice acceptable,well pleasing to God.
Coming to the Lord for Edifying Grace
Coming to Jesus habitually for the grace that we need daily is at the heart of growing in grace. These closing verses of our previous meditation provide a profound example of this relational emphasis in the Christian life. The spiritual impact in view here is edification: “being built up.” As we saw earlier, God’s grace is the edifying resource for our lives. “And now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up” (Acts 20:32). Now we will look at the relational path that God has designed for accessing that edifying grace.
Jesus is likened here to a “living stone.” He is solid and reliable, like a rock. Yet, a rock is lifeless, insensitive, unresponsive. Jesus is a “living stone.” He is alive, tender, lovingly responsive. The Lord wants to build us up to be like Him (solid and stable, yet loving and caring). The Lord’s way to build us up “as living stones” is to call us to an ongoing process of coming to Himself: “Coming to Him as to a living stone…you also, as living stones, are being built up.” In order to practically grow “as living stones,” we must be coming to the one who already is innately what He wants us to become. He alone can provide what is needed in our lives.
How do we come to Jesus in this manner? Well, again, it is a matter of relating to Him. When we get into the word of God, we are not merely looking for more biblical information. Jesus is the one we are to be seeking. When we are praying, we are not merely “saying our prayers.” Jesus is the one in whose name we are praying and whose will and work we are seeking. When we are worshiping, we are not merely singing songs, we are singing to the Lord Himself. When we are going forth in ministry, we are not merely carrying out a valid task. We are looking to the Lord for enablement, while desiring to please and honor Him.
The more we come to Jesus in this way, to that extent His edifying grace will be building us up “a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
Dear Lord, You are the true living stone, stable and loving. So often I am unstable and unloving. I need to be built up as a living stone. I need to be more like You. Lord, help me to come to You daily, habitually. When I am studying the Scriptures, praying, worshiping, or serving, help me to seek You in and through it all, in Your mighty name I pray, Amen.