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Church of the Immaculate Conception, Geraldine, South Canterbury, NZ

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Geraldine, South Canterbury, NZ

“You’re no longer wandering exiles. This Kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what He is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now He’s using you, fitting you brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home” (Ephesians 2:19-22 The Message).

Imagine a field littered with individual bricks. Do you see a building or do see a mess? So it is with Christians. Until we are bonded with other Christians we are not yet part of the Church. Jesus sees us as we can be, but the vision is not reality until the work is done.

With Jesus as the cornerstone, He controls the shape and form of the Church. He also controls the identification of the Church. We are the building bricks of this ever growing temple of God. New bricks must be added. All the bricks must spiritually mature and grow into a holy temple in the Lord. We grow and mature in the community of the church with the bricks around us.

As God’s people we must encourage those around us, be active in discipleship, and unashamedly stand against destructive activities. The Holy Spirit is the Supreme Builder of the Church because He is the supreme witness to Jesus Christ.

The miracle is that God can make something beautiful and holy out of a bunch of independent sinners. His temple is not complete until you are cemented into the place He reserved for you.

This is day twenty-five of a forty day devotional, The Miracle of You. Click here to order. Click here to check out my website.

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