Our House Is A Very, Very, Very, Fine House

SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:19-22
 
19 You are… members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
 
OBSERVATION:
Like Jesus before him, Paul loved to use metaphors to help illustrate hard-to-grasp spiritual realities. Here he uses one to describe the church as a house. This house is God’s household and as such is built on the unshakable and unmovable foundation of the apostles and prophets, along with Jesus Christ as the “chief cornerstone.” As he promised in Matthew 16:18, Jesus is building this church/house into a sacred Temple because it not only houses the people of God but also the Holy Spirit who, actually resides in each house member (I Corinthians 6:18). Paul stresses that we are being “built together” which not only echoes Ephesians 2:10, “We are his workmanship” but also the communal nature of the house itself. In other words, Jesus is building each Christian together, with each other, into something beautiful and something good.
 
APPLICATION:
One of my favorite oldies is “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash (circa 1970). The opening lyrics are catchy, “Our house is a very, very, very fine house.” Jesus’ church is a very, very, very fine house, absolutely the best of all houses. Sometimes however, we, along with 85 million other believers in America, treat Jesus’ house more as a spiritual hotel and less of a spiritual home. Sometimes we neglect that we are “being built together” and instead think that God is building us as individuals. He is not. He is building us TOGETHER. So whenever we are tempted to become a spiritually homeless, let’s remember that God’s power and presence, and his absolute best work is done in us, in house, and always will be.
 
PRAYER:
Chief Cornerstone:
Give us a renewed passion and faithfulness to your church so that you can build us up together into a very, very, very, fine house. For your glory and our joy, Amen!
 
agape,
Pj the Polo Pastor
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