“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in The Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God by the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22
Of all the benefits of union with Christ, this is my least favorite. Can I be honest? Thanks. I don’t always “like” other people in the church. I realize that many don’t like me either so we are probably all on the same page with this one. There are many days I wish by fellow citizens in Jesus were still strangers and aliens. But in the same way that I now have a place, in Christ, you have a place and we are being built together.
I occasionally think that I could built a better church than God but alas he humbles me and shows me his way is better. And that is the beautiful thing of our union with Christ. It is the work of the Spirit that is transforming us – together – into a dwelling place of God.
The next time I prefer a “brother” would be a stranger, I need to be reminded that the Spirit is building us together into something so glorious we can’t even imagine.
In Christ, we are being built together. Take that into you next church meeting!