God is building His Kingdom. It's not a building made with hands--not of brick and stone. But His people are the building. He's building a dwelling place for Himself. He is fitting us together into a "holy temple" and a "dwelling of God in the Spirit."
The most important thing about a building is the foundation. The foundation must be secure or the whole building will collapse. The foundation must be strong enough and designed to be able to handle the weight of the entire building. Jesus Christ is the corner stone of this foundation. He is the foundation itself. He is the only foundation that will carry the weight of the building. No one else can. All of us--those who believe in Jesus and allow Him to be the foundation of our lives--have a unique place in this building. Each one of us are designed to fit into a certain spot. To do that, we need to not only build upon Jesus Christ but connect to other believers as well. We all help each other stay on the foundation.
Wherever our place in the building, we must always fix our gaze upon Jesus--He is the author and finisher of our faith. As Paul said, be careful how you build on the foundation. Be sure to keep Jesus Christ as your foundation. Don't venture off on to any other ground--there is none other that will stand! He endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him. When we fulfill our purpose we will share in the same joy--joy unspeakable and full of glory!
2 Corinthians 5:1, Ephesians 2:18-22, 1 Corinthians 3:9-23, Hebrews 12:1-3, 1 Peter 1:8, Matthew 25, Acts 4:12
October 5, 2013