The disciple Peter wrote a letter to the churches in Rome, hoping to encourage the followers of Jesus to live lives worthy of their calling in Christ. He was writing to people who were living in a time and culture in which the way of Jesus was not the standard way. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? We too live in a time and place in which the way of Jesus is suspect to most.
I Peter 2:1-10
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.
4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and
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.
6 For it stands in scripture: "See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."
7 To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,"
8 and "A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Here Peter is teaching the followers of Jesus how to be people of grace. How to be a community that is an example to the world of a different way. A way that approaches conflict that is neither fight nor flight, neither progressive nor conservative, neither black nor white, but instead the way of Jesus.
To what degree do you crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s word? How is it going with your discipline of Bible study?
When have you imagined yourself as a priest, as someone who connects people to God?
Pray about these things.
Heavenly Father, who offered your Son Jesus Christ to be the cornerstone of your Church and of our faith, give me the courage to put all my trust in him, to use the stones that people throw, and instead allow myself to be built into a spiritual house for you. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.