Live Again Devotions
1 Peter 2:5 (KJV) 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.
The term “lively stones” in 1 Peter 2:5 is used as a metaphor to illustrate the secure and intimate relationship believers have with Jesus who, in turn, is described in the previous verse as the “living Stone” (1 Peter 2:4). Together these two passages vividly picture how Christ and His followers are a building being built by God Himself: “As you come to him, the living Stone … rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him … you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4–5).
The scripture says that we are to build a “spiritual house.” This house is to be built on the foundation of the of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone (Eph. 2:20). We are to build a house through stones that are laid on that foundation. But not just any kind of stones, the Bible says “lively” stones. The word “lively” here in the Greek means to simply “to be alive, to have life.” So this spiritual house is build with “lively stones” and you and I ought to be those lively stone.
We are called to be lively, not deadly. We must not have a deadly disposition but a lively one. We are to be lively in every area of our lives. We are to be lively from the inside out. It begins with having the Jesus Christ in you, which means having the Holy Spirit in you. Paul wrote to the church at Rome and said…
Romans 8:10 (KJV) And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
The Holy Spirit will bring life from the inside of you and work its way out from you. Life will emanate from you to this dark world and to those who walk in darkness.
The word enthusiasm, comes from the root word, enthuse. This word is comprised of two words, “en” and “thuse … “en” means “in” and “thuse” means God. When you are in God you will have enthusiasm. You will be alive!
We need to be “lively stones” on that spiritual house, not stone dead. Because the first thing the world sees are the walls made up of “lively stones.” When they see it, they will want to be part of the spiritual house, the church. They will be born again and turn to be lively stone themselves.
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