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 2:4-8 (NIV)
There are street performers who stand for hours as “statues” only to startle unsuspecting passersby when they break from their frozen poses into life. The best of these actors have spent hours in practice, disciplining their muscles, honing their craft, and masking themselves in the appearance of stone. If it was easy, everyone would do it. Similarly, being chiseled into the likeness of Christ is challenging. The discipline of discipleship builds the heart muscle for greater loving and empowers the arms for reaching out and the legs for going wherever we are sent. We will not harden our hearts, but instead offer the strength of our spirits, the sacrifice of our iron will, to bring His love to life in a hard world.