building permits

Sometimes I imagine the world is covered with loose bricks, similar to a child’s playroom with interlocking blocks scattered on the floor. As we accept Christ, God picks us up and looks us over, to see where we would best fit to help “build” the Kingdom. Much like an Architect would decide the placement of supports and beams in a blueprint. After He assesses our gifts, He places us exactly where we will best support those around us (v. 18, 20).

In Ephesians 2 Paul tells us that we were all strangers and aliens before Christ (v. 12) – scattered bricks. Then when we are placed on the walls to build the Kingdom, Peace holds us together like mortar (v.14-16) because of Christ’s sacrifice for us. Not the peace that is fleeting, but the eternal Peace that comes from knowing we belong to God for eternity. The Holy Spirit is like the Foreman of the project (v. 18) bring together God and us giving us access to the very tools we need to grow and flourish.

The more the image of the blocks stays with me, the more the picture evolves. Jesus is the Financier of the entire project, for through Him all debts were paid (v. 13, 16, 17). It is the ultimate image of what God wanted to do since the beginning of time. We become the construction workers, participating in the continual growth of the God’s plan. We reach out to those who want to hear about God and Christ.  We become a part of the eternity of those who love God and just as it says in verse 19-22.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Can you imagine if we all participated in the plan of God? Dear Ones, what would it look like if we put down our own purposes and ideas to fully embrace God’s “Master Plan” and allowed ourselves to be used according to the ways He knows are best? Or if we allowed our souls to fully nestle into the Peace of Heaven and rest there, knowing we can be content in Him?

O Best Beloved, why do constantly fight against each other, when we were made to support each other, build each other up, to help each other stand firm- interlocked together? Paul continues with this idea in Ephesians 3:14-19, describing his prayer for believers. My prayer is that we will hold true to these words for each other as well.

 For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Precious Child of God, I pray we will not doubt what can be done through Christ, but instead hold firm to these words and to the whole idea of what God is doing through us and in us every time we obey Him and honor Him. He can do so much more than our finite minds can grasp (v. 20-21).

Can I get an amen, brothers and sisters? 

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About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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