You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. (1 Peter 2:4-5 NLT)
He has this in mind that the kind of temple he wants is built with people. People who are living stones. Gathered together, built together, functioning together. God’s dwelling place. Where He longs to reside.
Where for millennia, the thought was that architecture of great magnitude was what was required, much resource and effort was put into maintaining the physical structure. Esteem and the sense of well-being was rooted in the state of the physical structure. The bigger, the better. The more grandiose, the more reason to take pleasure in how great the people were. The physical structure, however, was not always an accurate reflection of the state of those in the structure. Indeed at some point in some cases, there was little in the state of the relationships that suggested there was anything substantial as though it was where the Creator of the Universe would choose to live.
Peter wrote words to people who were not concerned with architectural monuments of greatness. They were scattered and met in groupings in various settings that were focused more on who they met for and how they could thrive in trying situations. His encouragement to these people was to remember that this was part of the plan, what God is doing, what God is building, how He is doing the building and who He chooses to use for the building.
God has no problem using stones that have been rejected by others. After all, the chief cornerstone on which everything is built, was rejected Himself. God has no problem using the rejected, indeed with Him the living stones recognise that they are now part of something far greater. Something of eternal value. Built together, functioning together, operating in such a way that only together on the firm foundation they can be the home of the Builder, Himself.
This is why the project is truly amazing and outstanding. It’s why this is of far greater importance to the Builder than the efforts of men to focus on materials for a physical structure.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden