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Devotional - week of December 4, 2005


STONES FROM THE RUBBISH HEAP

 

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 2:5

 

First Peter 2:5 speaks of all believers as living stones being built up a spiritual house—possibly a reference to individual churches. Those spiritual houses are being built on a foundation of rock—which is Jesus.

 

The Book of Nehemiah gives the account of the Israelites rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem almost 200 years after the Babylonians had torn them down. In an attempt to discourage the Jews who had returned to rebuild the walls, an enemy said to his brethren and the army of Samaria:

 

… What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? … will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?  Nehemiah 4:2

 

The New Testament makes it clear that when believers—the living stones—live in the flesh, they face temptations and sins from which they cannot have victory. Even if some of their sins could be called “respectable,” some of the living stones live with the feeling that they are in the rubbish heap, burned, and unusable.

 

The Jews in Nehemiah’s day removed seemingly unusable stones from the rubbish heap and those stones were used to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. That wall protected the city and the temple that the Jews had already rebuilt. God will take His living stones from the rubbish heap of temptation and sin and use them in building His spiritual temple.

 

Many have given their testimony about being delivered by the Lord from the spiritual defeat of life in the flesh. God made these great changes in their lives by empowering, enlightening, and guiding them to live the new-creation life.

 

All believers are new creations because they have been spiritually crucified, buried, and resurrected. They can actually experience these spiritual realities by living out their union with Christ.

 

If you are one of God’s living stones and you feel as if you are in the rubbish heap of life—and  you are not having victory over temptation and sin—begin now to live out your union with Christ.