This past week in my discipleship group we looked at the role of the church. In Christ, we are described as “living stones” in the book of Peter. As the living stones we are making a spiritual house built on the foundation, Christ, the solid rock. We have the opportunity through Christ to offering spiritual sacrifices to God.
A beautiful sunset in Sedona Arizona- photo by Sharon Moye
I am writing this blog not knowing the outcome of the election. A lot of us have been encouraged this past week by godly pastors and leaders to put our trust in our Heavenly Father. They reminded us of God’s sovereignty; that He raises people of power. There were good and bad kings all through the Old Testament, and God was always in control. No matter who is elected, the church must do its job as “living stones” pointing others to Christ, the sure foundation, the true King who is eternal and everlasting.
“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." I Peter 2:4-5
This is a very important week for our country. Although I don’t know whether my preferred candidates will prevail, my mind is at peace because of messages preached by Louie Giglio and other Christian leaders. We worship a Sovereign God and He is in control. God has raised up godly Kings and not so godly Kings starting back in the Old Testament. The same is true today. God will raise up the President of the United States - the leader for this season of time. No matter who the President will be, the Church must do its part.
The Church, God’s people, must come together, offering spiritual sacrifices that are pleasing to Him. Believers is Christ Jesus are called “living stones”. These stones are being built on the foundation of Jesus Christ. He is the cornerstone, the sure foundation of the Church.. No matter if we agree or disagree with who God allows in the Oval office this year, we are called to be living stones secure in Christ Alone. We live for an eternal kingdom not for this world.
What does it look like to offer up spiritual sacrifices? I believe it means first to know who we are in Christ Jesus. As I have shared in former writings, we must take care of mind, body and soul, so that we can truly be the “living stones” for Christ. Meditating on God’s word is a must, so we will overflow, ready to share the hope of the gospel to those around us. Play beautiful praise music in our homes and cars, being filled with joy, singing truth, renewing our minds. A “Living Stone” is active, pointing others to Christ, listening, encouraging, giving, being patient, exhorting and sometimes rebuking others in love, fulfilling our ministry.
If believe in Jesus Christ, we are a royal priesthood, messengers, ambassadors of the gospel of Jesus, we are called to be imitators of Christ. Jesus denied himself in order to fulfill his ministry on this earth. We are not here to be takers, but to be givers. I want to make a difference here and reap eternal rewards.
The church must rise up and be “living stones” to the lost, homeless, neighbors, our families and those over seas.
Let’s challenge ourselves in Christ, because it is not in our strength but through Jesus Christ. We can do all things through Christ Jesus. I am challenged to let go of control, not being passive and truly living free in Christ. My family had a very rough weekend together. However, I am going to chose to count it all joy, because it revealed a lot of hurt, and will cause us to lean into Christ, transforming more into His likeness. Dying to ourselves is not easy, but when we do, God increases and we decrease. Until that happens, we can’t be fully alive in Him.
Please share stories of how God used you this week. I look forward to the beautiful moments that God gives us to be His workers, living stones in our world that needs Hope.
Praying for His Church to Rise up!!
Have a beautiful week!!