1 Peter 2:4-7 The Message
[ The Stone ] Welcome to the living Stone, the source of life.
The workmen took one look and threw it out;
God set it in the place of honor.
Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary
vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests
offering Christ-approved lives up to God.
The Scriptures provide precedent:
“Look! I’m setting a stone in Zion, a cornerstone in the place of honor.
Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation will never have cause to regret it.”
To you who trust him, He’s a Stone to be proud of,
but to those who refuse to trust him,
the stone the workmen threw out is now the chief foundation stone.
Jesus, You are my foundation, my Cornerstone. Upon You I build my life. This journey to the next level is ordered and guided by You, and I trust You to lead me along the right trail.
There are many stones along this path of life and growth, some small and others of boulder size. Some I step on, others I shift to go around. Some I move; others maneuver me, but You, Jesus, are the center stone of my existence. You move me. I too am a stone. A building stone, a brick, to construct a temple worthy of You to inhabit.
We are all stones and, when filled with the Holy Spirit, gathered together, we are constructing a temple for God to indwell.
In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord].
22 In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit.
This temple is filled with Your presence in the Holy Spirit filled stones~ that’s us. It attracts those searching for truth.
People were drawn by Jesus’ presence as He walked this earth~ there was the woman with the issue of blood, Zacchaeus up in the tree, the blind man, the paralytic, and more. All came to where You were, Jesus. Just Your Presence would draw them.
I, too, am drawn to You, Lord; my soul cries out to You, and I know this new journey will help me draw nearer to You. As I scramble up this trail, the path becomes fainter, and soon degrades into a field of scree~ a large mass of small loose stones. [A society of scoffers and unbelievers through which I must make my way.] Due to the special 'sunglasses', I can see a faint guidance going off and up to the left. I trust God to lead me, and so follow what is almost just a sensing.
This scree field could be deadly, as it is fairly steep and the drop is significant. Carefully keeping tuned into Holy Spirit’s guidance, I cautiously move one foot slowly after the other; there comes a shift in the stones; perspiration gathers on my forehead as tension mounts. I refuse to think about the possible fall! But standing perfectly still, I breath deeply, and focus on Jesus; my Protector will keep me safe. I trust in Him. My mantra:
Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMPC)
5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord
with all your heart and mind and
do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him,
and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
It almost seems as if certain stones have an inner glow, and I follow their route. Before too long, thankfully, my slow and careful progress reaches the other side of the scree field. I take a deep breath of relief before continuing.
Once again I’m walking around boulders of temptation, climbing over rocks of unease and winding a circuitous path which lands me at a beautiful overlook. Far below faint sounds of a rushing river are meandering up the cliffs.
I had no idea a river was anywhere in this place, yet with the echo of sound comes a feeling of quiet cheer. . . like it's a message from Jesus saying, “I’m here, be filled with my joy.” Thank You Jesus; You knew I needed this place of rest for my body, soul, and spirit.
Here I relax and have an energy bar. You are so good to me, Lord, always providing for my needs. My friends, do you find He does that for you too? I invite you to return Friday for the next part of the journey. . night on the mountain.