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. 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.”
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,”
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
(1 Peter 2:4–8)
In our darkest hours when our circumstances so overtake us that we forget who we are and we cannot remember a single time God has intervened in our lives, there is one thing we can cling to: Jesus. Jesus Christ is the living stone. He is the evidence of God’s love, the ultimate intervention into human history, and the commemoration of God’s goodness, faithfulness, and grace. To know and be able to tell the story of Jesus is to say yes to the invitational life.
- Reflect on the first time you shared the gospel with someone. Who was it? What did you say? How did that person respond?
- What hesitations do you have when an opportunity to share the gospel arises? How do you prepare yourself? Is there a particular passage of Scripture that helps you?
- How would you share the gospel today if presented with the opportunity?
God, thank you for Jesus and that you opened my heart to your truth and grace. Thank you for the opportunities you’ve given me to share the gospel. I pray that for every opportunity you grant me, you would provide me the right words and show me what the person I’m speaking with needs to hear about you. May nothing in my own life get in the way. Amen.