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Pictures of the Church pt 4

Pictures of the Church pt 4

The House of God
Paul called the church “the household of God” (1 Timothy 3:15). He also wrote that this household is the place where we, God’s family, live no longer as strangers but as “fellow citizens” with each other and with the Lord (Ephesians 2:19). Jesus said that he is the “cornerstone,” the foundation of the church (Matthew 21:42). Peter continued this teaching when he called us all “living stones” who are being built into a “spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5).

Here we see another image of Jesus ministering to us through the church and at the same time making us (as a church) into a visible presence in the world. Jesus is always building his spiritual house, and he wants us to be co-workers with him. He wants us to be living stones, not just dead weight, as we join him in this great construction project! This image of the church as a household shows us how closely God wants us to work with him. He is the general contractor who guides us as we build, and we are the construction workers who carry out the contractor’s plans.

The disciples were Jesus’ first living stones as they went out and preached the gospel and built the church. But we too are living stones, and we are important as they were. Every time we serve and sacrifice, every time we intercede and worship, every time we love as Jesus loved, we are building the church. As active, living stones, we are both supporting the existing structure and helping it to expand and grow even greater.

Best of all, whenever we work to build this magnificent household of God, we bring joy to Jesus’ heart. We glorify him as we build on his foundation, and he rejoices to see his beloved church grow stronger and more glorious.

to be continued...

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