Living Stones! REv. Doug Kallesen

Easter eggs and bunny rabbits are nothing compared to the EMPTY TOMB where Christ abolished death forever by raising from death to life and announcing His resurrection and our victory to the world! He is risen…He is risen indeed! This good news changes everything! Christ’s love compels us to love others as God has loved us. Simply put, in Christ’s church we should have no spectators – but participants!

The apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:4-5 that you have a purpose and calling, “You yourselves, like living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” In God’s eternal plan He has work that He has prepared for you (Eph. 2:10). This calling and purpose is not just for pastors but for all the people of God – all believers, in all walks of life.

Scripture tells us that He is building us up as a spiritual house and the work that you and I do is acceptable to God in Christ. Peter even calls it a “spiritual sacrifice acceptable to God…” The young mother who tends to her infant while praying for her child. The teacher who is a Christian role model in the public school setting. They are using their vocations to glorify God! This is also true of the factory worker, sales clerk, secretary and CEO who see an opportunity in their workplace to serve God and their fellow man.

I do a lot of traveling and sometimes I wonder - What if our pastors could train their members who travel on how they could also be a witness and servant of the Lord? - What if these members could see themselves as part of the Lord’s army? - Could this traveling sales force be trained to see that they are also there to conduct God's business?

There is so much that could happen when we see that God gives us the many opportunities to daily bless others as His ambassador.

As a pastor of a church, one of the goals I set was to have a person in every pew and a place of importance for every person to serve in. That goal kept me and our congregation focused on outreach and stewardship - using the time and talents of all our members to God’s glory. We saw that each and every person was a living stone, holy and precious in God’s sight. They were a part of a holy priesthood whom God had gathered to serve Him and their fellow man.

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