Living stones…

A quick thought as I went through my reading plan this morning. From 1 Peter 2…

“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 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.” (1Peter‬ ‭2:4-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

One of the things I’m thanking God for is how I learn about how individuals are working together and churches are working together to help Ukrainians for the glory of God.

In Ukraine, people come together to cook, set up housing, provide shelter, deliver meals to dangerous places. They work together as churches in partnership to provide and send to other churches in other cites who have great needs. Meanwhile many individuals* and a few churches are helping us provide essential funding to help these partners press on.

These folks find help because of the work of partners serving together, living stones united.

I thank God for those who are working day and night to care for those in danger and are hungry and I thank God for the hundreds of donors in the US who are helping us help them. Together, in Christ, we are all little stones that make up this spiritual house Peter talks about.

But it is not the doing of good that makes us part of the house, it is belonging to him that makes us these glorious stones. As his “chosen and precious,” we are serving to give him glory.

To God alone be all the glory.

* For whatever reason it is the gifts of individuals that make the greatest bulk of the donations that help us help. Large and small gifts are all important. $3 buys a meal.

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