What is the most precious stone in your possession?
I recall walking home from public school quite a few years ago, (quite a distance…but not uphill in both directions….), especially during the spring. As the winter runoff formed rivulets on the road it would cut through the surface and reveal stones hidden beneath the surface. Some of them in the bright sunlight glistened to my childish eyes like gold. I dutifully carried them home to my collection thinking I had acquired ‘gold.’ Fools gold, I later learned in science class, appears to be gold but is worthless in value.
In Peter’s letter, in chapter two, Peter speaks of the most precious stone our world has ever known. This ‘Stone’ is of inestimable worth to God (‘precious to Him’) and to us. Genuine Christians have come to Christ, the living Stone, and are building their lives upon Him as a firm foundation. As we are joined to Him, we are being built into a spiritual house of living stones, formed together into a building suitable for God to indwell and designed as a location of spiritual sacrifice as we offer ourselves to God.
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 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. 6 For in Scripture it says:
“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.” (I Peter 2:4b-6)
How many people have rejected this living Stone, this most essential building material for their lives? How many have opted for “fool’s gold” rather than the riches of the Kingdom of heaven?
It seems to me our Sunday School leaders wisely taught us to sing – “The wise man built his house upon the Rock….” and exhorted us in the final stanza to “Build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ….”
The question to be asked is “Do I trust in Him?” I join with the hymnwriter in declaring, “On CHRIST the SOLID ROCK I stand, All other ground is sinking sand!”