Friday, April 15, 2011
In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God. Ephesians 1:21-22
When I was in elementary school, my grandparents added onto their home. They enclosed the carport and made it into a living room. This gave them space to have a proper dining room where their old living room was and opened up the kitchen for more work/cooking space. If you didn't know what to look for you might not have noticed that the house wasn't built this way from the beginning, but if you paid attention, you'd notice that the entry from the kitchen to the living room was one step up and there was a window from the kitchen into the living room.
Making structural changes to a home can be a tricky thing. You've got to know if a wall is load bearing before you change it. You need to know how things are wired, where the pipes are laid, how things are insulated, what the codes are, and a whole bunch of other things that I know absolutely nothing about.
It can be messy and costly but in the end, if you are lucky, you'll be able to enjoy your home more and invite more people to join you as well.
Jesus' ministry did more than just spread a good message. It united Jews and Gentiles. It merged two homes together to make one big house. Of course there were several questions during the construction phase - like is the kitchen going to be kosher? But overall Christianity is meant to unite.
So I ask you today: why are we still so divided as a religion? How can we come together spiritually to be a dwelling place for God?
As we approach this holiest of weeks on our calendar, think of the message that can bring us together and focus on building a house that will grow into a holy temple for the Lord. This is what will enable us to see the kingdom of God and realize its glory.
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