Thick as a brick

Peter says we are: “like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” – 1 Peter 2:5

Living stones” are like modern day bricks used for building construction. Consider this, a brick never:

  • challenges or disobeys the builder;
  • rejects the builder;
  • complains about other bricks;
  • resents other bricks for being more prominent;
  • feels sorry about having to be broken to meet the builder’s purpose.

A brick, once used in a construction, stands, together with the other bricks and building materials, as a testament to the craft and design of the builder! When looking at the bricks, it is the designer and builder that gets the praise for the finished product not the individual bricks. 🙂

we are … God’s building” – 1 Corinthians 3:9 – we could learn much from bricks!


4 thoughts on “Thick as a brick

  1. Thanks to both of you… Albert: I’m really enjoying your blogs here. This is a great illustration that can be used with youth ministry to highlight the idea of who kids hang out with can truly have a great impact on their lives that can lead them to good or bad.
    I’m posting the link to this blog on my facebook page and will likely “borrow” this illustration in the future.

    1. Anything you find on here, I have likely found somewhere else. I try (most times) to credit or attribute anything I’ve read/learnt recently.
      So, feel free to beg, borrow, etc. If I haven’t attributed it, then adapt it and make it your own 🙂

  2. Pastor. Did you know that in regards to bricks:

    1. one brick can ‘spoil’ a whole wall?
    2. the area where the brick is loose will be the weak point in the whole wall if someone decides to breach the wall.
    3. Now if there is a batch of bad bricks and they all congregate together in one area then the damage to the wall is infinitely more than if the bad bricks were scattered randomly throughout the wall. This can lead to the collapse of major sections of the wall.


    1. Brilliant. I love it!
      The benefits of having an architect in the congregation 😉

      I’m going to “borrow” that – it’s a great illustration.
      Thanks Brother.

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