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Living Stones

LIVING STONES…seems like an oxymoron. Not sure I have ever seen large or small stones that seemed alive. How do they move from place to place? Do they have little feet? I bet I know; they just rolled. That’s it—the Rolling Stones. No, they’re a rock group. Or possibly they just get tossed around, even skipped! Who hasn’t skipped one across a lake or pond, especially those smooth, round river ones. Do they live in houses like humans? The more I think about it, the more confused I get. Maybe someone reading this has the answers to these questions. Feel free to share.
The reason I even raise this perplexing subject is because my wife shared some insights from scriptures recently, some about Jesus being a stone his people rejected, and him being a stumbling block to them. I get that, but where do you see stones being alive?
More than 30 years ago, I was awakened early one morning with a vision from God for ministry. Today, that ministry is Dallas Real Estate Ministries or DREM, for short. The words I heard over and over. “I want to build a spiritual house in the real estate community of Dallas.” At that time I had never remembered seeing ‘spiritual house’ in scripture. A few hours later as I opened the concordance in my Bible, there it was in 1 Peter 2:4,5. You can imagine my surprise as I read the verses. “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.”
What image comes to your mind? Most of you readers are either in real estate, or at least live in a house. So, for you, it may not be hard to imagine a structure with a stone exterior. But that is not what is being described here. Those stones are not alive, at least you hope not. Then what was Peter saying? First, we need to understand the ‘spiritual house’ is not physical. It was, in fact, more clearly understood as a ‘temple of the Spirit’. Doesn’t it get clearer when that image is projected?
So, pause and focus on believers, the body of Christ all over the world, being knit together into one temple in which God’s Spirit resides. We, you and I, are the stones that make up the larger temple. Our living bodies are in fact temples of the Living God. He did away with the physical temple when Christ died on the cross. You and I are now his ‘spiritual house’. We have a ‘new Owner’. And he is going to renovate your old house and make it into a new creation. The people on the street and in the marketplace will be amazed as they admire and enquire about the ‘new look’.
Every house, actually any structure, needs a ‘cornerstone’. In the ‘spiritual house’, Christ is just that. Your strength is dependent on his strength. If you try it any other way, the consequences are predictable. It has been in my life, for sure. There is a greater danger that haunts us if we don’t trust in him. He can become your stumbling block as opposed to your cornerstone.
In Isaiah 28:16 it is recorded. “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame. Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they are destined for. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

The question boils down to this. Is Jesus a stumbling block or the cornerstone in your life? And if you are a living stone in his spiritual house, are you actively declaring the praises of his name?

Copyright 2017
Bill C. Dotson
Scripture taken from the New International Version

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