Living Stones – Devotion

…you also, as living stones, are being built up into a spiritual temple… 1 Pet 2:5

Man is impressed by the sheer size, the ambience, and the architectural excellence of physical buildings. The disciples at one stage pointed out the splendour of Herod’s temple, a wonder of the ancient world, to Christ, yet He was not impressed and spoke of its impending destruction. The temple Christ lived and died for was far more than mere bricks and mortar, but rather ‘living stones’; redeemed human beings joined together by divine design in meaningful spiritual relationships, with the common cause of taking His message to the world. The spiritual temple, or house, He is committed to building, is His Church. Just as each building block is important in a physical edifice, so too is every individual living stone in God’s spiritual temple of the Church. The mortar that connects the living stones together is our relationships. is shows the relational nature of the Church; that we are never called to live isolated lives, but our destiny must be about togetherness as we endeavour to be His spiritual temple that houses His Holy Spirit and reveals Him to a lost world. Christ promised that “where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Notice that His presence is connected to us when we are cemented together in Christ-centred relationships, not living in spiritual isolation. Our cultural preoccupation with independence and individuality needs be replaced with the kingdom concepts of interdependence and mutuality if we are to find our place of function in God’s house. Let’s surrender our lives to the master builder as He fashions us and places us as living stones into His spiritual house for His glory.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for calling me to be a significant and beautiful living stone in Your spiritual house. Join me together with Your people by the power of Your Spirit and help me to find my fruitful place of service in Your House. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scriptures for Reflection: Mt 24:1-2, Mk 13:1-2; Lk 21:5-6; Eph 2:19-22; Mt 16:18; Mt 18:20; Eph 5:25-29; Psalm 27:5; Psalm 92:12-15

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