Right, so we go to church but we are the Church? The Oxford English Dictionary describes 'church' as 'a building used for public Christian worship'. But not everyone will set foot into a church building in their lifetime (some people actively avoid it), so we need to take Church to them. We're like a motorhome of worship. Which kind of puts today's verse into a bit more context - being living stones, we can take 'church' past the four walls of the building. Great, but do we have the authority and ability to do that?
Well, 1 Peter 2:9 describes us as 'royal priests' and 'a holy nation', which basically means that, having been the recipients of God's mercy, we're now accredited trainers (authorised) in God's love. That's quite a big deal.
What about the ability part, though? Are we strong enough to be Church in the real world? Yep, God's got that covered too. We're 'living stones' (1 Peter 2:5) because life's been breathed into us through the Holy Spirit. Think of that as super-powered Spirit-petrol in the tank. We go out in Christ-led, Spirit-filled power, and we have a pretty amazing example to follow in Jesus, the cornerstone: take a look at Ephesians 2:20. The cornerstone is the first stone set in the foundation of a building. It's super important, because all other stones are arranged around this particular stone.
So what now? Ask God how you can be a 'living stone' to build the body of Christ - the Church, remembering that Jesus loves His Church.
Soulfood : Tit 1-3, Luke 9:37-45, Ps 145:1-13, Prov 4:20-22