Daily Reading 10-9-17
1 Peter 2:4-10 Living Bible (TLB)
When I was in Kindergarten, one of my favorite class times was “Show and Tell.” I was always excited not only to share special things with others, but to see and hear what my fellow classmates would bring to share. “Show and Tell” was a great way to learn more about others; what they liked and what was important to them. As well, it helped alleviate the fear of speaking aloud in the classroom; it built confidence and community.
As Christians our lives are to be like the classroom activity “Show and Tell.” A way for people to know the love of Jesus is to show them love in action and to tell them how much Jesus has changed the focus of our lives. As we allow Jesus to light our life with righteousness, peace, and joy, we can share with others how much Christ has changed our lives.
The Apostle Peter reminds his church family they are each a spiritual house built by Christ. Our lives our built on Christ the Solid Cornerstone. He is trustworthy, merciful, and the reason we can have a relationship with God. Let’s be bold to “Show and Tell.”
1 Peter 2:4-10
4 Come to Christ, who is the living Foundation of Rock upon which God builds; though men have spurned him, he is very precious to God who has chosen him above all others.
5 And now you have become living building-stones for God’s use in building his house. What’s more, you are his holy priests; so come to him—you who are acceptable to him because of Jesus Christ—and offer to God those things that please him. 6 As the Scriptures express it, “See, I am sending Christ to be the carefully chosen, precious Cornerstone of my church, and I will never disappoint those who trust in him.”
7 Yes, he is very precious to you who believe; and to those who reject him, well—“The same Stone that was rejected by the builders has become the Cornerstone, the most honored and important part of the building.” 8 And the Scriptures also say, “He is the Stone that some will stumble over, and the Rock that will make them fall.” They will stumble because they will not listen to God’s Word nor obey it, and so this punishment must follow—that they will fall.
9 But you are not like that, for you have been chosen by God himself—you are priests of the King, you are holy and pure, you are God’s very own—all this so that you may show to others how God called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were less than nothing; now you are God’s own. Once you knew very little of God’s kindness; now your very lives have been changed by it.
Prayer: Lord, You have truly brought my life into the light of your love. Help me to listen to your Word and obey it. Your Word has shown me your heart and tells me the Truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.