1 Peter 2:5 “like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
I think buildings built from stones are beautiful. The builder finds the perfect stone to begin with, the cornerstone. Then he chooses each stone after that based on how it will fit with the stones already laid. It is like an intricate puzzle but the master knows each stone, he forms each stone for his purpose. God shapes us into the living stone He needs for his holy temple. Have you seen temples or churches that are made from stone? Even though the stones are simply rocks from the ground they are placed together, side by side, layer by layer into a beautiful structure, a holy temple. We are the holy temple of God. When Jesus became our cornerstone we allowed the Spirit of God to come in and make us a living stone. Rejoice in this today. His kingdom is not somewhere and someday. His kingdom is now and we are a part of his holy temple. Let us offer spiritual sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving acceptable to God through Jesus.
As my kids collect little rocks and we look at the beauty in them, remind me of this verse in your word. When they make towers out of Legos remind me we are all interlinked to work together. We are all living stones; we are all a part of your priesthood. If we do not lift our voices, the stones of earth will cry out in praise. I lift my voice in praise and worship to you, O God. Amen.