(My take on I Peter 2)
Born of a seed immortal
Asked to never return to my old patterns of thinking or living
Told to love deeply
I am NOT a rock:
Rocks are too heavy to move or carry. They’re made up of soft and hard material, yet immovable in character.
I am a LIVING STONE with feet hands, mouth, and feelings. I am solid, carve-able and suitable for building material.
I am one stone of many, thus, I’m not alone. I come from the same hard substance as other stones, yet I have been carved with unique purpose.
God has hewn me
to the specifications of His desires
without regret or mistake
He puts me together with other stones
to build a spiritual house
A holy priesthood
HIS EMBASSY on earth
A lighthouse in the storm
A sanctuary for the weary and oppressed
Rejected by man but precious to Abba Father
People dislike what I stand for. They frown at the eccentric, even upside-downness of my belief, my faith and the leaning of my personality on a One-way God. They stumble over me then blame me for tripping them.
I AM ESSENTIALLY an alien in what was intended to by my world. My fellow men reject me because they reject their Abba Creator, who loves them as much as he loves me.
The Living Cornerstone, rejected by men.♠
CORNERSTONE: the stone that unites two walls at an intersection; the starting place in the construction of a monumental building. A MONUMENTAL piece. Carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies.
HE CALLS all his creation
not one person does he forget to call
He gives authority to living stones
to love as he loves
above and beyond
“But you are not rebellious toward the Rock, for you are a chosen people.
You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.” ♣
DO YOU think God neglects His possessions? Nothing could be further from the truth. He considers every hair on your head more important than feeding the birds or adorning the flowers of the field, which he does with extravagance.♥
I am His very own possession, safe and bound by His unconditional love and acceptance, a slave to Goodness and Virtue.
BY CHOICE. ♦
This unchains me to show others the goodness of God, for he called me out of the darkness and into his wonderful light.♦♦
“ONCE you had no identity as a people; but now . . . ” ♣♣
Oh now, my friend, you are God’s favorite
“Once you received NO MERCY”
Doomed to fail. Trapped
Hopeless. A slave to death
“BUT NOW you have received God’s mercy”
“Dear friend, keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very soul.”♠
TAKE YOUR thoughts captive and don’t allow your desires to entice you and drag you away.♣ Don’t feed the lies that say you are worthless or ugly. Do not rehearse in your mind the negativity that emasculates and destroys. Tear down mental strongholds of false beliefs, and in their place form strongholds of living truth.
I am loveable
I am acceptable and pleasing
“BE CAREFUL to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, of tripping them, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.”♥
He’s got my back.
This is GLORIOUS news! Celebrate. Dance before the Lord your God, for you are free.
Free from the past
Free to live