As I prepare for the Sabbath it is good to be reminded so plainly about the nature of the work God is doing. He is building His Church. Peter describes us “living stones” built together to form a “spiritual house.” So many of the pictures given for the church in the New Testament show the connection of individual Christians. Here Peter depicts us mortared together, as it were.
you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house (1 Pe 2:5)
It’s uncomfortable to think about that kind of closeness. We get mad and hurt each other and later feel ashamed, especially when we see the one we hurt. We get hurt by others and feel emotional pain when we are around the one who hurt us. Nevertheless, God has ordained it and trust that God knows what he’s doing. The writer of Hebrews comes to mind in such a case, “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.”
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Num 24, Ps 66-67, Is 14, 1 Pe 2