Okay. So, I have officially been blogging for over a year now. It would proabably feel a lot better if I had been staying faithful to it recently. I don’t think I’ve posted at all this month. But school starts in two days and I plan on blogging 2-3 times a week during this semester. Hopefully the habit of it will keep me steady hereafter.
Anyway, this post is not even really original. In fact it’s stone cold copy and paste from an email devotional I get through Christianity.com called Daily Courage, which details either the life stories of persecuted Christians or features devotionals they have written. It is a compilation of many different people’s writing and they are always brief yet impactful. One had me weeping a few weeks ago. Today’s was very insightful and I thought as a sort of consolation prize to all my subscribers out there I could post this as a precursor to my return to the blogosphere. So here it is, a piece by Joseph Ton, a Romanian.
You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house. (1 Peter 2:5)
Suffering is not without a purpose. Peter writes that we are living stones which are joined together to build up a spiritual temple.
Peter must have had King Solomon’s temple in mind when he wrote this. Solomon had stone-cutters working for him who hacked out the stones one by one from the mountains and polished them. Then, all the stones were transported to the building site, where they only needed to be put together. The Bible says that there was no sound of a hammer or a chisel on the construction-site; the polishing had already been done in the quarry (1 Kings 6:7).
Peter writes that we are living stones used to build up a spiritual temple. One day, the last stone will complete the building and what a wonderful temple it will be! God will reside there. But it also implies that we are now in God’s quarry, a place of cutting and polishing, and that hurts.
Moses regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ (the pain) as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. He persevered because he saw him who is invisible (Hebrews 11:26,27).
That way God can use us – a living stone to build a spiritual house.
Joseph Ton from Romania. Joseph Ton describes a number of spiritual principles of God’s faithfulness despite suffering. Edited with permission from the Dutch booklet entitled Lessen in Lijden.
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