Being Built Together – The Bride of Christ

As a Christian, when you spend time with God you begin developing a relationship with someone you cannot see or tangibly know with any of your five senses.  It makes no worldly sense, yet it is as certain as the keyboard on which I am typing.  The power of God in the Christian’s life is undeniable.  The peace that surpasses all understanding, the joy in the midst of trials, the love for the unlovely, the power of the Holy Spirit that allows us to forgive and to bless and not curse, the wisdom from heaven that so eludes the world are all evidence of Him.

Christians with deep, mature faith will tell you how God has built up their faith throughout their lives.  When we seek God, He reveals Himself to us in such surprising ways.  We learn to recognize His voice.  We learn to quickly discern the ways of the evil one.  We learn how to discern authentic faith in our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We understand God’s call on our lives.  We do our best to become anonymous mirrors of Jesus; giving all glory to Him and directing everyone to seek Him.

But the path along the way is rough and uneven due to our sinful, fleshly nature.  No two paths are the same.  Each calling is unique.  We are built up together into God’s Holy Temple.

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 for God by the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22 ESV)

None of us ever achieve perfection.  We can only receive the perfection of Christ as a gift.  We will continue to strive to be humble and allow God’s Holy Spirit to mold us and change us for His good purposes until we take our final breaths.  But when we deny God’s call on our lives, when we choose to do our own thing, when we tell God no, the consequences have a ripple effect on the Body of Christ.  Your sin never affects just you.

Callings often come in the form of impossible or foolish from the world’s perspective.  They will often require us to walk by faith and not by sight; to step out of our comfort zone and be vulnerable.  When we obey God’s call on our lives we must completely trust Him with the results.  That is where the protection of God and His blessings are found.   Sometimes God will call us into circumstances that are painful and costly, yet there are blessings to be found there as well.  As our sins never just affect us, our obedience also never just affects us, because we are being built together into a dwelling place for God.

We are being built together.

My sisters in Christ are probably sick of hearing me say this, but it is God’s word and He keeps bringing it to me:

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17 ESV)

Our women’s mentorship program is a perfect example.  God using both mentor and mentee to shape the hearts of each woman.  We are living it out.  And He has been blessing us in the muddied process of learning how to be mentors and learning how to allow someone else into your life to speak truth.

Beloved, obey the call of God on your life.  He is trustworthy and will pour out His blessings on you when you obey.  Do not fear man, but fear God.

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.(Matthew 10:28 ESV)

You are part of the holy structure that God is building through Christ Jesus.  Be encouraged.  Press on.

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