THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
I remember taking my maternal grandmother, "Ma" Johnson fishing.
Though she was 90 at the time, she sat on her heels, casting her bait into the lake with ease.
After about four hours, I said, "Ma, it's time to go."
Straight up she stood and began gathering her tackle box!
That woman was a "lively stone!"
1 Peter 2:4-5
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men,
but chosen of God, and precious,
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood,
to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
"Ma" Johnson died at 100 years of age on an Easter Morning.
She was always a "lively stone."
And on that resurrection day, she just rose right up to be with the Lord whom she loved.
Have you come to the "Living Stone;" that Stone of the corner, Jesus, that was rejected by the "builders?"
If so, you know that He has life, and gives real life to all who surrender to Him.
But did you know that the Scripture says we are to CONTINUE COMING to Jesus, the Living Stone?
Notice the grammatical terms in verse 4 above: "To Whom coming..."
It is by consistent and continual coming to Christ through Bible study and prayer that we learn of His Holy Priesthood.
We learn that He makes us able to "...offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God" through our Lord, Jesus.
We can offer the sacrifices of repentance, praise and thanksgiving.
We can also offer sacrifices of witness, testimony, teaching and preaching.
It is also by consistent and continual coming to Christ that He makes us as "lively stones."
Stones in His house that are not only part of the building (tabernacle - temple)
but also LIVING parts of His constant creation.
We are "lively" because of our fellowship with Him.
His Holy Spirit inspires us and fills us with joy.
He furnishes us with His power so that we might do good works in his Name (2Tim. 3:17).
And He initiates within us a desire to be "zealous of good works" (Titus 2:14).
We are "stones" because we are part of His "spiritual house" here on earth today, and in heaven later.
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;
that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:" (1 Peter 2:9)
Keep coming to the LIVING STONE so that you might be made
a LIVELY STONE!