SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 2:1-3
The Living Stone and a Chosen People
1 Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation — 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Barbara K. Lundblad shares, “When we let ourselves be built into a spiritual house by the presence of the living Christ, the results may not be very impressive. Some of these living stones are very well educated, others have not finished high school. There is a woman who sits in the balcony because she does not think her clothes are good enough for the nave…. Seven teenagers are in the side section slightly hidden behind a pillar. You know they are texting their friends who are sitting at the end of the row. ‘At least they are here,’ you say to yourself. You would text them yourself from the chancel, if you knew how. All these living stones are assured that they are now God’s people. They have become a holy priesthood….Once we were not a people, but now we are God’s people;…What does this promise look like where you are?”
This perspective reminds me a lot of our sermon series about Legos and how our faith is built up. The family of God is the most diverse, in so many ways. From race to education to social standing to sexual orientation and so much more. God welcomes all believers and invites everyone to come to faith. But it is our job as people who are already believers to reach out and share God’s love and grace with the world so that God’s family will continue to grow.
Take a few moments and ask yourself, “What does this promise look like where you are?” And, “How has this promised looked different to you throughout your life?”
Loving God, we are indeed fortunate to be included in your spiritual house, to be one of your people, to receive your mercy. We give thanks that you have made us your children, that you have offered your prevenient grace to us and all humanity. Help us to share the Good News with others so that your spiritual house may continue to grow. Amen.