“…You are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22
Time snatched me from my mother’s comforting apron. It chased me from my father’s protecting shadow. Time hoisted me up and pitched me over the backyard fence into the mean streets. I have been in the construction business ever since. I have built a lot of walls. Brick on brick, higher, longer, thicker, more. A soul surrounded by rings of walls seeing only strangers and foreigners threatening an invasion. One eye watches warily for assault, the other searches in vain for a way back to warm aprons, sentinel shadows, and safekeeping fences.
Isolation inevitably crowns a king named, Self. Within the rings of walls, adorned in hideous robes, sitting upon a lonely throne, one will find “Self” centered. A forlorn, fearful king estranged from others, ruling over his lone subject with only self-protection on each day’s venue. A royal on a constant vigil, peering suspiciously from behind the walls of a household of one.
Until His love, His mercy, His grace breached my defenses. Little morose king meet the King of Kings! There is but one Throne, who will sit upon it? I want Him to sit there. The dismantling began. It continues. It is extensive. The new Master of the house walks with a purposeful gait, pointing yet to another wall and directing the Holy Spirit, “Tear it down! Do not leave one stone upon another!” I am sure to be swept away by my tormenting fears; the shame of my awful nakedness!
Painful as the demolishing may be, I am under construction and the new house I am being made a part of is a masterpiece. For now I am in the process of being made a fellow citizen with the saints as we grow together into a holy temple in the Lord. I am in the process of learning and living in the benefits and blessings of this new found citizenship.
What about you, brethren? Are you too, learning and living as saints and members of the household of God? Are we loving one another? Are we forgiving one another? Are we having patience and empathy for the “In process.” of one another? Are we willing to be reconciled one to another? Are we rejoicing with one another? Are we mourning with one another? Are we encouraging one another? Are we holding one another accountable? Are we sharpening one another? Are we valuing and enjoying being a family built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit?
Day by day, from one degree of glory to another we are under construction, being fitted together on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets and Jesus Christ Himself the chief Cornerstone.
What a privilege! What a blessing!