Waiting and Telling

12 Good WorksIllustration:  “St. George: From the series ’12 Good Works‘” by Yevgenia Kokoreva, 2010.  Sketch.

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4-5).

What does it mean to be ready every day, every moment of the day? It means responding to Christ’s command to share your faith, and living as a person who is already redeemed. Peter says that you and I, because we believe in Jesus, are the living stones with which God is building His temple.

I met an Israeli believer in Jesus while I was in Israel.  He told me that in Israel they call stones that have been cut or carved “living stones.” Dead stones are those which no hand has touched. To be a living stone means allowing God to shape you and form you according to His will. It means doing the good works God has prepared for you to do. Certainly your good works will never save you, but since you have been justified by Messiah, your good deeds glorify God. As you wait for Christ’s return, everything you do testifies to the glory of God and points others to Him.

Prayer: Precious Lord Jesus, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, use me to testify to Your glory. Thank You for shedding Your blood, redeeming me, and raising me up as a living stone. Amen.

As We Wait: How does your life testify to Christ living in you? Good works flow from the love of Christ and respond to the love He has already shown you.

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