Hardened in a Good Way

4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone,

and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed” (1 Peter 2).

Peter describes Jesus as a “living stone,” a “choice [chosen] stone,” a “precious stone,” and a “corner stone.” As usual, when trying to describe our Lord, we need lots of words. If Peter’s faith was “the rock” on which Jesus would build (Matthew 16:18), that faith (like that of us, who ourselves are called “living stones”) will never be “disappointed” in the living, chosen, precious, stone of Jesus, who is the corner stone of this “spiritual house” called the church.

We are living stones together with Jesus. Oh, the irony! We, whose hearts were once hardened by sin, are now hardened by faith.  Such is the power and wisdom and love of God—to harden us in a good way.

Lord, thank You for hardening our hearts in a good way. Help us This Day as living stones to be hard on sin as we live for You. Amen.