There is something amazing about a house built with stones of all different sizes and shapes. It seems to me that there would be a whole new dimension of skill required for a person to build a house out of rocks than is required to build with bricks. All the of the bricks are the same size and shape so it is easier to stack them in a way that fits. But when a person thinks and plans to the degree that they make it all fit for each stone to be in the right place and hold up the weight of the house they are truly amazing.
It is the picture of a builder using the different stones that led Peter to describe Jesus as the living stone, rejected by the builders but chosen and precious by God in I Peter 2:4-8. Notice a couple of the verses in that segment. “As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him – 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.” Imagine the stone mason as he begins to lay out the stones he would use as he begins to lay them in place, beginning at the corner of the house. He brings a rock over to put into place as the corner stone. It looks right, but as he tries to place it right, it just doesn’t fit what he wants and so he throws it aside and looks for another to use there. The religious leaders among the Jews had been those builders. They read the Old Testament prophesies of the coming Messiah and the house he would build. They looked at Jesus as being the one who should come, but there were just too many things about him that didn’t fit what they had understood from the Old Testament, so they threw him aside as the Savior of the world. But God was overseeing the building from beginning to end. He brought the builders back to the corner stone and pointed to Jesus as the rock that would fit there and as the only one who could fill this gap. The problem for the builders hadn’t been that the Old Testament prophesies had somehow missed it in their predictions. It was that they had grossly misunderstood. They were looking for a military leader like David. God planned for the savior to be a spiritual leader like David. Thus when you think of the the people of God or the church as a building, Paul said that he like a wise master builder had laid the foundation of Jesus Christ and that no one else could fill that place (I Corinthians 3:5-9).
So Jesus is the rock on which all the rest of the rocks are laid. The church has been in existence since it started in Acts 2. But it continues to be built with every new generation of people. Every person that becomes a disciple of Jesus becomes a stone in God’s building, the church. He not only referred to Jesus as the Living Stone, but to us as his followers as “like living stones and are being built into a spiritual house.” Think of the implications of being called a living stone in God’s house. As each person is brought to salvation God places them into the spiritual wall of the church. Because we are living stones, we begin as a small rock perhaps fitting into a space that holds up very little weight. But living stones keep growing and taking up more of the weight and space. The building continues to grow both by people becoming Christians, thus adding more stones and by the stones themselves growing.
Different living stones have different places to fill in the building of God, the church. But it is vital to remember that a stone by itself never makes a building. Alone, you are just a rock to be thrown or stumbled over. It requires one to be in the building to be of value to the Lord’s work. I certainly don’t mean by that the physical building where a church meets. I’m talking about the spiritual building, the church as the Lord himself adds one to it. Are you a weight bearing stone? Do you hold up your part of the weight all the time or are you only available when it is convenient to you? Are you more interested in how the building looks or serves or in how you look as a rock? When you consider this spiritual house it is vital to know there is only one “Rock Star” and that is Jesus the corner stone. This is by far the greatest building ever constructed. It far and away outshines the temple built by Solomon that was considered one of the seven wonders of the world in its day. But this building is one of function and splendor. What a blessing to be a living stone in the house of God.