1 Peter 2:2-9 2 Instead, like a newborn baby, desire the pure milk of the word. Nourished by it, you will grow into salvation, 3 since you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 Now you are coming to him as to a living stone. Even though this stone was rejected by humans, from God’s perspective it is chosen, valuable. 5 You yourselves are being built like living stones into a spiritual temple. You are being made into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.6 Thus it is written in scripture, Look! I am laying a cornerstone in Zion, chosen, valuable. The person who believes in him will never be shamed. 7 So God honors you who believe. For those who refuse to believe, though, the stone the builders tossed aside has become the capstone. 8 This is a stone that makes people stumble and a rock that makes them fall. Because they refuse to believe in the word, they stumble. Indeed, this is the end to which they were appointed. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light. (CEB)
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1 Peter 2:2-9
Pay attention to those little internal nudges (the whisperings, if you will, of Jiminy Cricket) and you may eventually be willing to heed the insistences that we identify with the name of God. Perhaps. Follow where those nudges, those insistences, those callings lead and you will have found that which we call salvation. When you attend to that unheard inner calling, and shape your response in accord with the life and teachings of Yeshua, you will be laying a solid foundation for building a life that is a pleasing gift in the name of God. Perhaps. Elsewhere it is said that you have received blessings so that your life may be a blessing for others. Not everyone will choose to hear and heed those inner insistences that come in the name of God. Perhaps. My choice is to cultivate the inner life so that I might feel the nudges, attend to the insistences, hear the calling. Then, having experienced that unheard inner calling, to cultivate my outer life in agreement with where it leads me in God’s name. Perhaps. To do so is like stepping out of the shadows into the light. It is certainly spooky out here in the clear light of day; and yet, for me, it is the only way that I can travel through life with integrity. Sound audacious? It certainly is.