You, You, You, and Me…all of us, “We are the church!”
Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father. 19-22 That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. (Ephesians 2:18-22, MSG)
Only God can design a building with a wide assortment of bricks–all colors, shapes, and sizes–and come up with something wonderful.
OUR HOME, THE CHURCH, GOD’S KINGDOM ON EARTH
|Building Blocks||All believers, God’s family members (18-19)|
|Foundation||Apostles and prophets, scripture (20)|
|Cornerstone||Jesus Christ (20)|
|Mortar to join building blocks together||Jesus Christ (21)|
|Communication Access||Holy Spirit (18, 22)|
What do you think I drew? Yes.
My Transformation Challenge is this: It’s easy to get stuck on minor differences with others in your such as worship song preferences, what others are wearing, or any other little irritation floating through the air. If, or when, I do, I’m going to smile and whisper to myself, “Jesus is the mortar that holds us all together.”
Pray with me. Father God, we are your church, and as building blocks are all different shapes color, and sizes. Thank you for Jesus Christ as our cornerstone and the strong mortar that holds us together. When I find myself at odds with other believers, Holy Spirit nudge me to forgiveness and love, and flood your church with the peace that passes all understanding. Amen