All of my college career at Huntington University I have lived in Livingston Hall, minus the semester I spent on PRIME in Minford, Ohio. So named after David Livingstone, a missionary to Africa. This was part of the reason I chose to call this blog what I did.
You see there are times when one has to move on. I must soon leave this hall that I love and have grown accustomed to over the years as I will be graduating in May. When this time comes I must find my own path into the real world. It is extremely terrifying for me to have to do so.
Stones have a great meaning in the Bible. They were used to build houses and city walls. However they were also used as a method of killing and punishment. Many a martyr was stoned including Paul and Stephen. Jesus refers to himself as the stone the builder rejected who has become the capstone.
Peter picks up on this, calling Christ the living Stone in 1 Peter 1:4. Here also Peter states that we as believers are being built into spiritual house to be a holy priesthood. Peter also says that those who do not believe this will be a stumbling block. These people will stumble because they disobey the message that the rock brings to them.
I like where Peter goes from here. He states that we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God. We can declare praises to God who brought us out of the darkness and into the light. At one time we Gentiles were not a people considered holy, but now we share in the title children of God.
Peter ends this section with a challenge to live in the pagan/secular world abstaining from the sinful desires and to live a life that when others accuse you of something they might also look upon your deeds and give glory to God in the process.
While this has been a challenge for me personally to live in a way that brings glory to God in everyday life. I find it interesting the versatility of stones. We walk on them, grind them up to make cement, collect them, build walls and gates, the list could go on for a very long time. Every stone is different from the one sitting next to it, much the same way we are.
There is a parable about a wise man who built his house upon a rock and a foolish man who built his house upon the sand. When the storms of life came, the house in the sand fell flat, while the house on the rock remained. I want to believe that the house on the rock was made of other rocks. One cannot have a house with just one rock. It takes time and many rocks built upon a solid foundation of Christ to build a life that is pleasing to God. These rocks are other people that you build relationships with. sometimes rocks fill in holes to support the rest of the house and other times rocks are taken out to create a window or doorway.
We are never fully done building our houses, however, we can look back at path we have taken to get the house the way it is now. That path shows the decisions we make. What does your path look like and is it made of living stones or dead ones.