Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5 KJV)
We were designed and made for a grand purpose; to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. This is a very important notice. We should never assume or adopt a faulty notion that we are for ourselves to live and do as we want. This is a scared notice.
The Bible says something we must carefully note; “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ?… know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6:15-19). Note; “ye are not your own for ye are bought with a price” a notice and notion that indicate being owned by God. God being the Owner is the true and authentic beneficiary (or should be) of what happens or goes on in our lives. We (ought to) do such things that are designed for Him and desirable to Him… spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. This is our grand call.
Paul in his letter to the Romans says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2 KJV). Notice the intent and plea nature of Paul’s entreaty to the Church, as one having a rich and deep understanding of God’s requirement, passionately beseeching the Brethren to meet God’s Holy requirement and innate demand which according to Paul, is the reasonable act of service on our part.
Beloved, the intriguing part of being a lively stone is the bias or option to have opinion, motive or agenda. The struggle always exists between what one wills versus what God wills. This is the marked feature that differentiates the lively stone from dead or natural stone.
In the case of a natural stone used for building natural houses, the stone is inanimate, non-living, inorganic and lifeless. It has no bias, prejudice or opinion. It would not think, say or do any act contrary to what its owner would do with it but that’s not what or how the lively stone is designed or composed.
The living stone has feeling, will and intellect. The living stone is alive and can rationalize. Recall the experience of our Lord Jesus when He cried, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:39 KJV). Notice the typical struggle within the Living Stone; it is yielding to God during such struggle this makes the activities of the lively stones spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God.
Beloved, we must awake to this righteous and holy reality; we are not our own; we are owned by God, designed and required to do His bids and demands in our bodies as an offering holy and acceptable to Him. This is the high call of every lively stone. We must strive and study to know God’s Holy will and willfully succumb to His will as Christ also did. Praise the Lord.