Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God…. As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—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 1:3, 23; 2:4-5).
Peter’s words here show us that Jesus is the source of all life, and that by being connected to him we have access to the supernatural life that Jesus desires to plant within us. Our hope is not a dead, lifeless, or useless hope. It is not merely wishful thinking or warm fuzzies — it is active and alive and able to make changes in this world and in our lives. This living hope comes to us through the living Word of God. This living word is powerful and able to bring conviction and life-change. It is not stale or irrelevant. And this hope and Word are living because they are created and sustained by the Living Stone himself. What is even better is that we, as his followers, emulate him and are ourselves living stones that the Living Stone and Master Builder is himself shaping into a building pleasing to God.
So the choice is before us. Choose life or choose death. Choose the living and active presence of God working with us and in us, or make choices that drain us of that life or move it away from us. As we encounter each choice each day, we can ask ourselves: “Is this a choice that allows Jesus to live in me and through me?” We would do well to keep this in our minds, and ask it of ourselves honestly and prayerfully and often.
Lord Jesus, give us life. You, as the Source of all life, and as the One who was raised from the dead through the life-giving and death-overcoming power of the Holy Spirit, can pour that same life into us. May we receive it gladly. May it fundamentally alter how we live out the days you have given us. In all our daily interactions, may we choose life and not death, and may we allow your life to be evident with us. Amen.