Living Stones

1 Peter 2:4-10

“Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house”

The Bible is filled with some wonderful and poetic imagery. In one sense, stones are the least interesting kinds of things: static, ordinary, and often in the way. But they can also be foundational. Stones are strong and we can build with them. They can create a base on which other things can be placed.

What would it mean to be a “living stone?” I think it has to do with being the kind of solid, unshakable presence that becomes a structure for other good things. “Living stones” support other things, and ideas, and people. Have you ever called anyone in your life “my rock,” meaning “my support?” Or has anyone referred to you in that way? That’s the idea behind a living stone.

Yet we cannot be living stones on our own. We ourselves need to have a foundation that is stronger than ourselves. And so we build on God and on one another. We build upon the church which is our rock and our foundation. Everyone chooses one foundation or another. Are we choosing living stones to build a spiritual house, or are we building shaky foundations on materials that will quickly fade away?