4 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, 5 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. 1 Peter 2:4-5
Using logic alone we understand we have two choices. To accept or reject Jesus, the living stone. If we reject him, we reject God’s choice, who is precious in his sight.
Now if we accept him, we too are living stones, and we too could be–likely will be–rejected by men.
Now if God chose Jesus to be a living stone–the cornerstone–it stands to reason he also chose us–a mystery–an indication that we too, are precious in his sight.
Now our highest and best use is not to remain a stone unto ourselves, but to be used in erecting a spiritual house, for the sole purpose of offering up spiritual sacrifices. Another thing to remember, and to be thankful for, is that we are living stones, not dead ones.
Now, if we offer up spiritual sacrifices, in someway the spirit must spawn them. They can’t be acts motivated by our selfish wills. For example, an acceptable sacrifice was a spotless lamb. So we offer these spirit-driven acts to God, who finds them acceptable, making acts with ulterior motives simply unacceptable. There’s always a sweet aroma emanating from God’s house, to his praise and glory. Therefore, it must be our primary job here on earth to generate and offer up acceptable sacrifices.
Practically, we must ask ourselves, was the work I accomplished today acceptable? We’re my interactions with people acceptable? Was my attitude, that only God can really see, acceptable? Did I love someone unlovable today? Did I hope against hope for anything, just because my hope is in him? Most importantly, did I stop throughout the day to offer up praise to him?
You know, if we’re all about the holy priesthood, we can’t help but stand out, and by our actions we’re constantly presenting those around us with a choice–an opportunity to join in. It’s only logical.