Chaturango Plank: Hug your elbows into the sides of your body. Keep the tops of your shoulders pulled back away from your ears and pointing your toes on the ground. BONUS… And if you have a little pup around, you may get a kiss or two! Yodi, my parent’s dog… Loves getting in my face..
I Peter 2:4-9 Day 22 Advent
“As we come to him, the living stone– rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him.”
“We can’t be living stones without the living Savior” Each day, we must be HIM to those around us. Our lives reflect his example. And when you want to know to something about someone else, where do you go? That’s one thing I have been known for is to be bold.. so to the source! Ask, listen and learn. Know the truth from the truth. So here is goes.. for us with knowing God, the BIBLE is right there for us to read, listen and learn. God us my power source! Have you read the bible in one year? Well, I haven’t but this is something I am praying about for 2015. What about you?
Prayer: Lord, help us to be the living stones to others. We know that some will reject us and turn their heads or just be plain jane mean. But we know the truth in your word. We know the price Jesus paid for each of us. The life we shared is bold, real and truth. Life isn’t alway pretty and will not ever be perfect, but can be lived abundantly through you. Guide each believer from the inside out as they each have an important job to do for you. We love more and care more in the name of Jesus! Amen!
Day 22 1 Peter 2:4-9 We weren’t and now we are (Rebecca Smith)
I had a small obsession with rocks when I was a child. Precious gemstones, to be exact. But my favorite ones where the rocks that looked plane on the outside, but head caves of sparkle and smooth purple goodness on the inside: geodes . Usually these geodes would come already cut perfectly and half-their insides already showing, but one time I found a country store that was selling them whole. A “break your owngeode” sale. I can still picture them all lined up along the outside of the store. Ugly rocks holding the possibility of beauty inside. I was in heaven. I couldn’t wait to get home and take a hammer to my stone to reveal the prettiness on the inside. It was amazing to me that such beauty could live inside such a basic rock.
It reminds me so much of what God ask Moses to do in Exodus 17 when his people were thirsty in the desert. God told him to strike this plain rock and streams of water will come out. Water? Out of a rock? A foreshadowing of who Jesus would be to us. If Jesus is the living stone, Then living water comes from him. And when we drink of that water, we will never be thirsty again.
Can you believe, though, that when the living stone did come, man rejected him? They couldn’t see through the outside of what looked to be an ordinary man from Nazareth to see a king and Savior. Why would God choose something that was rejected by man? Seems the opposite of what we do in modern life. If our current culture reject something-it’s no longer relevant. The market research is done. It’s doomed before it begins.
Today, people still look at Jesus and see a rock. Something to avoid. Something that is tripped over. But, we see something different. We know differently. He is a cornerstone, not a stumbling block. He has life-giving water and he lives inside of us.
And as we come to him. And active and daily-leaving-action of coming. As we dwell in His presence, He is building us into a spiritual house. As we spend time with him, We become more like him. We become like living stones. But rocks are naturally alive, and we aren’t special apart from Jesus. We can’t be living stones without the living Savior.
Because He lives inside of us, we have an important job to do. We need to break open in front of people. To show the living hope that we have inside. To expose our insides for anyone who is patient and curious enough to not trip over us.