On the ninth day of Christmas, my Father gave to me, membership in the holy priesthood of Jesus, our living Stone.
“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” I Peter 2:4-5
I don’t often think of myself as a member of the priesthood and I rarely feel spiritual enough to impart wisdom to anyone, but that is in my humanness, not in the lordship of Jesus. In Him, I realize my place in the royal family and through Him I know that I am an important part of the spiritual house that the body of Christ represents.
But, do I offer spiritual sacrifices that are worthy of being acceptable to God? I don’t know that I do. I’m not sure that in my comfy, cozy, middle class American life that I sacrifice for the cause of Christ. No one is threatening to kill me for my faith as happens in some parts of the world. No one prevents me from attending the church of my choice and no one burns my Bible or takes from me the connection I have through it to the Holy Father.
No one, that is, except for myself. But I don’t take it out of sacrifice. I cast it aside out of apathy or lack of desire. In a county where I can worship as I choose, openly read my Bible in public and proclaim my belief in God without fear of retaliation, I am quiet. I make no sacrifice. I don’t deserve to be a member of this holy priesthood, but I am. I am because of the gift of Jesus. I am because He offered the ultimate sacrifice coming to Earth as a baby on a cold night in a manger in Bethlehem.
He deserves more from me. He deserves for me to sacrifice for Him He deserves for me to be who I was created to be. He deserves that I live my life believing he is the cornerstone.
Today, I leave you with the words of Peter because they proclaim this gift better than I ever could. Be a member of the royal priesthood and be willing today, to make a spiritual sacrifice that is acceptable to God.
2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
The Living Stone and a Chosen People
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”[b]
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”[c]
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”[d]
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. I Peter 2: 1-10