In a church for which I preached, the elders decided to build an addition for a fellowship room and additional classrooms. They contacted an architect and applied for all the necessary permits, but they forgot how dear the stones of the 135-year-old church were to its members. It was almost like tearing a wall out of a living thing.

The church building is not a living thing, but the spiritual house that we are building to God, according to the apostle Peter, is. The apostle wrote, “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ,” (1 Peter 2:4-5 NKJV).

When Peter wrote the present tense, passive voice verb “are built” in verse five, it has the force of continued action. It is the very same verb Jesus used when he said, “I will build my church,” (Matthew 16:18). We, as living stones, are building a spiritual house.

We serve the Christ, the son of the living God. All of the gods men serve are made of dead stones and metal. They can hear nothing and grant nothing. On the contrary, we serve a living God. He hears us (1 John 5:14). He is willing to give us the things we ask of him if we ask in accordance with his will (1 John 5:15).

We are teachers or a living word. The writer of Hebrews gave us, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart,” (Hebrews 4:12). We don’t refer people to a manmade document. No! We teach the living word of God. This living word of God has capabilities and it has power (Romans 1:16).

Our Lord Jesus has given us a living way of life. There are people who seem to move from one end of a banal, useless existence to the other. We, however, live in newness of life (Romans 6:4). Our Lord has given us a new living way, as the writer of Hebrews said, “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water,” (Hebrews 10:19-22).

We are living stones, brothers and sisters. We need to remember that the next time we become lackluster in our service to the living God.