The Christian path
1 Peter 2: 1-5 (GNT)
1 Rid yourselves, then, of all evil; no more lying or hypocrisy or jealousy or insulting language. 2 Be like newborn babies, always thirsty for the pure spiritual milk, so that by drinking it you may grow up and be saved. 3 As the scripture says, “You have found out for yourselves how kind the Lord is.”
4 Come to the Lord, the living stone rejected by people as worthless but chosen by God as valuable. 5 Come as living stones, and let yourselves be used in building the spiritual temple, where you will serve as holy priests to offer spiritual and acceptable sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ.
There is a path that Christians walk that is not easy. It is a path where we hear things like “call yourself a Christian” and expectations are high about our behaviour, what we say and what we do. Eyes are on us when we claim to follow Jesus. Perhaps this is unfair, after all we are just human like everyone else and we are prone to making mistakes along the way. So true. But we should also be “thirsty for the pure spiritual milk” that will help us grow more Christlike every day. We will not become perfect – we need to realise that – and others need to let that expectation go – but we can become living stones to help build the Church. And then we find that human nature has less of a grip on us and the Spirit wins through more often.
Lord Jesus, you know rejection. Many in your time and many today see no value in following you. The path to which you have called us is not easy either. But walk with us that we may know your company; talk with us along the way that we may continue to learn from you; spirit-fill our hearts that we may truly be your disciples today, building your Church which is not made of bricks but of living stones. We pray that more and more may know you as the corner-stone of their lives, holding them and the Church and the world together. Make us one Lord, in your body, in your Kingdom. Amen.