Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Daily - 5/13/08

1 Peter 2:1-9

1 Rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, insincerity, envy, and all slander;

2 like newborn infants, long for pure spiritual milk so that through it you may grow into salvation,

3 for you have tasted that the Lord is good.

4 Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God,

5 and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

6 For it says in scripture: "Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame."

7 Therefore, its value is for you who have faith, but for those without faith: "The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,"

8 and "A stone that will make people stumble, and a rock that will make them fall." They stumble by disobeying the word, as is their destiny.

9 But you are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises" of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Like Paul, Peter also wrote on the subject of transformation through the spirit. I love the metaphor here – “long for spiritual milk so that through it you may grow into salvation.” If we grow in the spirit and make ourselves available to God, we can “let ourselves be built into a spiritual house.” All we have to do is “let ourselves be built.” Piece of cake, right?