Day 35: Our Challenge

“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 2:5 NIV

We are called to a life of miracles, and the greatest miracle of all is salvation. The greatest calling, as a result, is our commission as “living stones.” — “Living stones”—what does that phrase mean?

Throughout the centuries since Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission, every believer has received a divine mandate from Heaven to share the Gospel: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15 NIV). That calling was demonstrated in the lives of the disciples who were transformed into bold, dynamic witnesses for Christ. The world was changed forever.

The late J. Hudson Taylor, a dynamic English missionary to China during the 1800s, said, “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.” His life as a “living stone” was a powerful example. At his death in 1905 the China Inland Mission he led included 205 mission stations with more than 800 missionaries and 125,000 Chinese Christians.

Today God has called believers to lives of holy dissatisfaction with a lost and dying world. “Living stones” are called to reach our generation in a powerful, dynamic way, winning multitudes of souls. We have been given the divine directive and privilege of taking the message of God’s saving and healing power to the ends of the earth. We must never become content and complacent with the victories of yesterday, for the future is filled with new and incredible opportunities to proclaim the Gospel to millions! The greatest days are ahead! There are millions of souls waiting to hear the Gospel, and we must not be distracted or delayed from doing what God has called us to do together: the mission of reaching people and building lives.

Best of all, we have the greatest reward waiting, for on that great day we who are “living stones” have the blessed hope of standing before the Chief Cornerstone to hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:21 KJV).

What a wonderful reward for reaching people and building lives!