Ephesians 2:19-22 (NCV)
An interesting aspect of this section of the Scripture is that it is present tense. Christ is in the process of building us up to be “a holy temple in the Lord” and “a habitation of God in the Spirit” as we live our lives. What this means is that Christ, through His Word and Spirit, is in the process of building this spiritual house. Christ is not building a church building, of course. The focus here is not on church buildings at all. It is on Christ’s people together loving each other and building each other up in our common faith. We love our brothers and sisters in Christ to build them up in their faith. We love others, believing that God can use our words, actions and lives to help them see Jesus ( 1 Peter 2:12 ).
Christ is building a place in us where He himself dwells. It’s an amazing, powerful, yet very simple plan. The materials that Christ uses are evident: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” ( Galatians 5:22-23 ). The materials that human beings are tempted to build with are also evident: “evil, greed…envy, … strife, deceit and malice… gossip, slander, boasting…” ( Romans 1:28-32 & Ephesians 4:30-32 ).
We can trust Christ to forgive us for the times when we build with lousy materials that won’t endure His final inspection. But let us live in hope and expectation. He is working. He has promised to build, and that’s a precious promise assuring us that we are a work in progress in Christ. Though we “Stay-At-Home”, I believe there can and should be a construction boom through the work of Christ’s Word and Spirit in us, along with the solid hope that God will hear our prayers for strength and patience!
Lord, your Word tells me, “Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain” (Ps 127:1). So, I pray that Your will and good work in Christ would be done in me. Please give me strong hope, wisdom, strength and patience as you work in me and also as I live and work with those around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.