I love rocks. I think it comes naturally–my mom and grandmother are both rock collectors. At my grandparents’ house there was a box of rocks that were treated as if they were bone china. Each rock in that box had a tag describing where it was found. A special memory of a family trip long ago.
I have continued the obsession by collecting rocks in boxes, jars and baskets. My mother has a jar of rocks that my boys would bring to her when they were small. She treasures the rocks just like she treasures the boys who gave them to her.
In Scripture rocks have some special meaning as well. Moses struck the rock in the wilderness to get water for the Israelites (Numbers 20:11). Simon who became Peter–the name Peter means Rock. Jesus even said, “On this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).”
While studying James I found myself looking often to 1 Peter 2:5-9 which talks about the Cornerstone and our position as living stones. “As you come to him, the living Stone–rejected by men 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 (1 Peter 2:4-5).”
As the verses go on Peter describes Jesus as being a building block or a stumbling block to those who encounter Him (1 Peter 2: 6-8).
I tried to walk without Jesus; stumbling, tumbling, skinning my knees, hurting my heart. Then I chose to walk with Jesus; learning what He had to teach, longing for a deeper relationship with Him. I now find myself standing on that Cornerstone that was rejected by others.
Being a living stone means I am a living example of The Cornerstone, The Rock. This actually refers to something from the Old Testament. As the Israelites walked into the Promise Land, they had to pass through a valley that had whitewashed rocks where the Blessings and Curses were written. If the Israelites obeyed God they would receive the blessings–if they didn’t honor God, they would receive the consequences (see Deuteronomy 29, 30 *30:11-20).
What kind of stone do you want to be? One that is a reminder of the blessings of God when we obey Him? Or the one that stands as a testament to what not to do?
As for me, it’s pretty simple. I chose to be the living stone that stands as testament to the True Living Stone.