There is something amazing about stones. No one stone is independent, as in, no one stone can build a house on its own. We need a lot of stones, as small as some are, as shapeless as some are and as less attractive and dusty as they are, we bring them together to form a synergy! We put them together to make our structures stronger.
This is how we are, this is the mystery and the beauty of fellowship into which God has called us. God has called us like stones, not because these stones are beautiful but because this is the stone on which God’s kingdom is manifested on earth.
We often despise one another, we look at the other one and mock his or her diversity, we look at the other person and mock them because they don’t do things the exact way we do. We look at people’s brokenness and rough edges and we think they aren’t fit to be used.
No stone is useful if it is on its own. It is these pieces of imperfect stones that are put together to make a beautiful house. You may be suffering from addiction, you may be going through certain struggles that you often feel “can God find me useful?” You may have had such a terrible background and childhood experiences that put you through several fights trying to separate your identity from your weakness and it seems God is done waiting for you.
I’ve got news for you. God is not waiting for you, he cares less about the things you feel gives him worry. He wants to use you just the way you are. If you can give him a chance, you’d see the beauty of broken stones. Broken stones are beautiful because it even makes building easier.
As a very young boy, I once used to break rocks so that they can be used to build our school hostels. These hostels finally came out fine but behind those fine buildings were broken stones. You are like that broken stones, you may appear broken but you’re fit for God.
Look at the Church of Christ. It is made up of people from all works of life. It is made up of the white, the black, the quiet, the loud and so on. These are broken stones brought together to form a synergy and birth a magnificent building!
When these stones are left to the mercies of the master builder, he knows how best to use them, he knows which and which fits, he knows where to use the gravels and where to use the fine sands. As loose as these fine sands are and as foolish as it is to use them independently, they are part of what makes the house beautiful when used by the master-builder together with the stones.
Do you doubt your usefulness to God? When you see nothing worthy to be beheld in you, that is when you’re the most useful to God. We see broken stones, God sees magnificent building made up of these broken stones.
No wonder, the Bible says we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. As broken as we are, the Holy Spirit finds a sacred place in us, as useless as we seem to ourselves, the Holy Spirit sees vessels that can manifest him and express him!
God isn’t looking for decorated stones, stones that have been turned into artefacts, stones that have been carved and kept in the museum to be admired. God isn’t looking for those nice stones that attract tourists. We admire these stones, they are good for decorations but no one ever builds with it. God is looking for usable stones and it is in our most broken state that we are most useful to God.
Yeah, maybe you’ve tried and failed and you felt there is nothing more to it. God looks at you from heaven, smiles and says “look at that amazing stone…” We love diamonds and we treasure them but God loves us and treasure us. This is why one soul who turns to the Lord is celebrated by the heavens because it is like mining diamonds!
Listen to me, that pain, weakness, suffering and setbacks are not your disqualification. See the pathway in that pain, see the pathway in that mistake! We are the Church, the body of Christ. The moment Peter grasped the truth about Christ by revelation, Jesus said to him
“Simon, son of Jonah! You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.” – Matthew 16:17-18 MSG
Anyone who catches this revelation about Christ and key into it receives that same statement from Jesus. You are the rock upon which the Church of God is put together. As broken as you are, you are a part of God’s beautiful edifice. Peter experienced this truth first hand. This same Peter upon whom Jesus first made this kind of pronouncement said to believers
“And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.” – 1 Peter 2:5 NLT
Peter caught this revelation, he was sure because he’s been there. Peter wasn’t a beautiful stone, he denied Jesus and the only difference between him and Judas was that he owned up to it but it was this Peter that Jesus said: “you are the rock!” Peter, in turn, reminds us that we are also rocks with which God builds his spiritual temple.
God values this temple much more than the praises that come from the angels! We are the ones God loves, we are the ones he is romantically involved with. When praises and worship to God are coming from these broken stones, God finds it pleasing! Just as God didn’t want “humanly-perfect” stones to be used in building the altar, he was indicating that he isn’t looking for our human perfections! Let’s read
“If you use stones to build my altar, use only natural, uncut stones. Do not shape the stones with a tool, for that would make the altar unfit for holy use.” – Exodus 20:25 NLT
Do you see that? He isn’t looking for what we call perfect, he loves our brokenness, he loves our rough edges, he loves our diversity and he doesn’t want us to be blended and shaped by religion and self-righteousness. He wants to use as just the natural way we are and only then are we fit for holy use.