Good morning people who find your strength in your connection to God and others.
Ephesians 2:19-22 NIV Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the great uniting factor in the church. Or at least, this is how it should be.
Jesus is the chief cornerstone of the church. And it is in Him – not just from Him, but in Him – the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. It is in Him – not just from Him, but in Him – that you and I are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.
Again, my wife Sally has been speaking into this. While many people think they are a ‘square peg in a round hole’, this is not kingdom language. Again, our comparison is not against another person or another church, but our measurement is always ‘towards Christ.’
So, does the building of God’s family happen?
1 Peter 2:4-5 NIV 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.
Permit me to share more from Sally’s blog ‘Christ As Cornerstone’. We are built into God’s spiritual house as we are connected to other living stones placed by God around us. While many Christians easily buy into the lone ranger mindset of not needing others, this is completely unscriptural. To quote my Dad David McCracken, “Isolation always breeds error.”
If it’s good enough for God to exist together as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, it most definitely is essential that we exist in community. We are members of the body who are fitly joined together supplying what the body needs (Ephesians 4:16). God’s Word is not wrong.
Have you allowed Father to place you in the body of Christ, connected to other believers?