Peter says that Jesus is a living stone rejected by men, but chosen by God and precious. He also says that we are living stones...so we are precious to God also. We are precious to God because of what Jesus has done for us.
If we are precious to God and he calls us a living stone, we must be a precious stone.
What is an example of a precious stone? A diamond is the one that comes to mind. It comes from the darkest part of this world, just like me. A diamond starts out just a chunk of coal, not worth much of anything. But God saw something different. God saw something different in each of His children. He saw us, the Bible says, before the foundations of the world, even before there was coal in the ground. Even before there was ground.
God saw something precious in each one of the ones that accept Jesus as their Saviour. God sees the finished product, because our God is the first, the last. There is no other.
The day we ask Jesus into our heart, a miracle happens, even more of a miracle than a chunk of coal turning into a diamond over time. We became a stone in the spiritual house, a holy priesthood acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. A living stone that will never die again. A living stone that rest upon a corner stone by the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. There is none greater.
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