Oct 14th 2021 · Day 287
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I once had a dream where I saw what seemed to be a fairly traditional church building. But there was something special about it.
On closer inspection, I could see that every stone was being picked out in pure, beautiful light. The stones were separate, unique, each one an individual, and yet together, they formed a place of worship.
1 Peter 2 tells us about such a building: ‘You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ’ (v. 5).
Isn’t it amazing to think that once we know Jesus, we are a ‘living stone’? We are being built, together with others, to be a ‘spiritual house’? You may not feel part of a ‘holy priesthood’, but that’s just what you are, if you belong to Jesus.
There are times when we don’t feel like going to church, house group, Bible study – you name it. We don’t really want to hang out with other Christians; perhaps we don’t feel like we fit in; that we’re different; that we don’t really belong. Much better to avoid other believers. We can be Christians on our own, right?
Well, we can belong to Christ and not have fellowship, but that isn’t what He intends. We’re part of a body, part of a priesthood, part of a building. We need each other. If there’s a brick missing, the building notices!
Verses 9 and 10 tell us: ‘But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation … Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people’.
Is it time for you to rethink church, and get more involved with ‘your people’?
Pause and reflect: It isn’t always easy to get along with other believers (!) but, as the people of God, we are all part of the same ‘building’. We need each other. Do you need to pray about that, today?
Sheila Jacobs is a Christian writer and editor, and an award-winning author. She is also a retreat leader and day chaplain at a retreat house. She loves listening to people’s stories, and encouraging writers to hone their
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