Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture:
“BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone,
AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”
This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,
“THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,”
“A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”;
for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.
– 1 Peter 2:1-8 (Peter writing; all caps are his quotes of various Old Testament passages)
This passage may look busy, but if you’ll bring to mind what we’ve learned so far, especially in recent days, the passage should be digestible for you.
We can apply Peter’s first sentence to our activity with this daily devotional to Jesus Christ. He died for your sins; you acknowledge that and have therefore “tasted the kindness of the Lord.” You are putting away common sins (e.g. deceit) and longing for “the pure milk of the word” which are these Bible passages we are reading to begin each daily post.
Now see that as He was a stone that was rejected, so you, in your better way of living, will also be a stone that is rejected. You are “a chip off the ole’ block.” We are being built up as a house for worship. This means spiritual sacrifices.
When you do what He wants instead of what you want, it’s a sacrifice to Him that He receives graciously. The goal is to make the entirety of your day a sacrifice of love to Him. This is the way Jesus lived.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, show me where I’m seeking my will for today when I should be seeking Yours; let me sacrifice my will to Yours…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)