Written by Rachel Morgan.
As you come to him, the living Stone —rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:4-5 (NIV)
The idea of a “stone” has never really held much significance for me until my brother began studying Geology. Stones appeared, to my eye at least, to be lifeless, round, hard, cold objects that just rest in whatever spot they have been placed. To my brother though, he understands their substance, their potential in a way that I will never be able to/take the time to. Yet, even I can appreciate the resources that a certain stone provides and the beauty that it can possess when seen as part of something larger than itself. Stones are used to create buildings, murals, sidewalks, beaches, jewelry and so much more. Their “life” can be created into something of significance when seen with the right eye.
At the basic level, we are all created the same way. Blood, bones, muscle, flesh and breath. Compositionally a miracle to be so delicately created, yet with the untrained eye we are such small, helpless creatures with little to offer on our own right. However, because God knows us, as our Creator and Savior – he truly sees us and our potential for beauty. As Christians, he sees us through the lens of Christ and sees what we can ultimately be if He is the one doing the molding and designing. Often the refining process doesn’t happen immediately, rather over time and after a few changes have been made. He brings our best features to light and complements them with those of His character and integrity to create something perfect, something precious to him. What an honor to be part of this process!
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