Thursday, May 29, 2014

Working on a Building- Ephesians 2:22



The other night, we had a bad thunderstorm.  Lightning flashed and lit up my bedroom.  Thunder boomed so hard that the house shook.  (Ok... there was actually an earthquake in a neighboring state, so I am wondering if maybe I was feeling that...but the point was the house shook).  While I love rain at night and love to sometimes watch storms if I am good and awake, I do not enjoy them while trying to sleep. That particular night, I was more than a little afraid.

The next morning, I was telling Caleb, who had somehow miraculously slept through it all, about the house shaking.  "Sounds to me like we have an unstable foundation."

This week, our memory verse for the Proverbs 31 OBS Bible study Limitless Life was Ephesians 2:22.  "In whom ye also are builded together for an habituation of God through the Spirit." As I thought about this verse, and read the verses before it, I thought about being a dwelling place for God.

Me. 

Full of cracks and unshakiness.

Not the most beautiful dwelling place by far.

But this verse tells us that we are builded together.  The chief cornerstone is Jesus Christ.  The chief cornerstone of a building is the basic element of the foundation.  It is usually the stone that may be laid first, and signifies upmost importance.  In older buildings, it often has the date or some other identifying characteristic noted on it.

Jesus is my chief cornerstone.  He is my basic foundation.  He started this whole process of making me a dwelling place by dying so that I didn't have to.. dying so that I could be in communion with the Father.  I should try to be more like Him, and make Him my identifying characteristics.

And then there are the apostles and prophets.  They also laid the foundation.  They took what Jesus started and spread the Gospel, the Good New, just as the Great Commission told them to, so that I could know His Word, all these years and all those miles removed.

I am not a stranger or a foreigner.  No, m'am.  I'm right at home, as a fellow citizen. A fellow citizen of Heaven, where I will receive my true inheritance. There is something about knowing you belong...

We are growing into a Holy Temple.  Yes, I'm His dwelling place.  His Spirit is within me... but I'm not finished yet.  Thank God, He hasn't given up and He is still working on me.

And again, we are in this together... building on this foundation... in community with one another.  Me.  You. OBS.  My local church.  My family.  Fellow believers. Friends. 

We're working on a building.  It's a true foundation.  We're working on a building... working for our Lord. 

And if that doesn't make you want to sing, I don't know what will.

Join me today on the P31 OBS blog hop. We're mapping, snapping, writing, and sharing what He's shown us this past week. I know it's going to be good.

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5 comments:

  1. building right there with you! A work in progress! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  2. Great visual with the verse!!

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  3. What a beautiful way to explain our memory verse this week Lauren. Love it! Love you! Debbie W. (Proverbs OBS Ministry Team) (and I got to comment going to the big desktop computer)

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    1. Yay!!! So glad you got to comment!

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  4. Loved it Laurin . Jesus is the Cornerstone, the strength of our foundation, the anchor of our soul. Thank you for sharing . We. Are works in process , ongoing being build stronger.
    Marilyn ( Proverbs OBS Ministry Team )

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