1 Peter 2:5 – 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.
You will recall that after Peter’s confession that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, that the Lord Jesus said to him, “upon this rock I will build my church” (see Matthew 16:16, 18). Though the name Peter means “rock,” the Lord Jesus was saying to him in effect, “You will be a little stone, a pebble, but on the foundation that I am the Christ, I am going to build My church.” The Lord Jesus is the foundation stone, and Peter understood it that way, because he says in this weeks verse that you “are being built up a spiritual house.” Just as Simon Peter was one of the little stones, you and I are one of these little stones which are being built into a spiritual house. When you are born again and become a child of God, you are put into this building of God. Today God is building a temple, a living temple. When you come to Him as the sinner you are and fall upon Him, when you cast yourself upon Him for mercy, you are then saved. He makes you a part of the living temple. He is building upon the foundation stone, which is Christ Himself.
How is your personal building process progressing? Have you become stronger as God builds you up upon the solid foundation of Jesus Christ? If so, then you are more than able to withstand the storms that come up in the different seasons in life. God knows exactly what He needs to allow in your life in order to strengthen your faith and reinforce your trust in Him. I have had, in my own life, several experiences that have caused me to have to lean upon God and look to Him for the assurance that He was with me every step of the way. Challenge yourself this week to the next part of the building phase that the Lord has prepared for you. When you remodel your home or put on an addition, initially the process is usually quite messy: debris from the demolition; exposing of problems behind the drywall; electrical and plumbing issues that were not planned for. But in the end, the final product is well worth the weeks of disorder. The same thing happens to you when God is adding to, and improving, your character, integrity, and trustworthiness. Let the Lord build you into the spiritual powerhouse He desires you to be. May God bless you.
Have a great week,