you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
1 Peter 2:4-5 (NKJV)
Recently I was watching some workmen build a wall that was made up of individual stones rather than bricks. The reason I noticed how this wall was being put together was that one of the workmen was looking at each individual rock and examining its size and shape to see where it would fit into the wall. No stone was being rejected, but each had a place somewhere in the wall. Although some stones were placed in the wall sooner than others, and some rocks had a more prominent place in the wall than others, the wall became bigger and bigger and today those stones make up a large wall.
When someone becomes a Christian, the Bible calls them a new creation, a child of God, and even His (God's) workmanship. In 1 Peter 2, believers are also referred to as living stones. God is the Master builder who knows all about us and knows where we fit best into His Kingdom and His plan. It may look to others, and maybe even to ourselves, that we don't necessarily fit in, but God has a place for each one of us and together we are being built up into a spiritual building that God will use. Just like the workman took each smaller stone and used it to build a larger wall, God is using us to build something bigger than ourselves.
Where do we fit into God's plan? One thing is certain, God knows this better than we do, so we cannot try to figure out for ourselves how God will use us and we can't just try to make a place for ourselves. We all have a place in God's master plan and He puts us where we belong. He knows our talents and abilities and where they can best be used. It is interesting to note how just a few verses earlier it talks about how we need the Word to grow. The Word helps us to grow and it helps us get to know who we really are and to see how God can use us. We are God's living stones that He is preparing for a place in His plan.