Ephesians 2:19-22 – “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” NKJV
I love carpentry and wood working. I wish that I were more skilled but enjoy watching a building or a project come together and that which was nothing become something either beautiful or functional and am always impressed with fine craftsmanship. The pyramids of Egypt have always been an architectural wonder for me. The research that I have done suggests that every rock fits perfectly into place and each of them had a specific place and could fit in no other location. That I find fascinating!
That is exactly what God wants and plans for the Church. He wants to and will fit us into His building as ‘living stones’ and each stone has a unique place, purpose and function. What kind of stones, are used to build a temple or a pyramid? Big stones, little stones and even odd shaped stones are needed IF they fit together. What a picture that our Lord the Master Builder guiding his earthly gifts in fashioning, shaping and placing the stones until there is a perfect fit. The little stones have to be satisfied filling the gaps. The big stones have to be willing to endure the stress and responsibility of providing structural support for the others. The odd shaped stones will need to be patient waiting for the perfect spot to place them for their unique function. The Lord has chosen a spot for each of his ‘living stones’. Some stones in a building have to be placed underground out of sight in order to give structural strength for the foundation. It is imperative that we not ‘envy’ the place of another but ‘desire’ the unique place and function that He has chosen for us. In that place we will provide an indispensable service for the Kingdom of God and in the Body of Christ.
I have seen reports bemoaning the high turnover rate in companies. I saw one report that suggested that 80% of people working full time were dissatisfied with their employment. If that is true then it is reflective that many if not most are dissatisfied with life in general and want more or more opportunity and feel underused, under-appreciated and/or unfulfilled in life. That produces a ‘negative’ self-image that is contrary to the image God would have us attain. I believe the best cure for a ‘negative’ self-image is to discover God’s purpose and will for your life and embark in pursuit of it. It does not matter if God has called and designed us to be big stones, little stones or odd shaped stones we are all unique and our purpose is to glorify Him.
The only lasting cure for a ‘negative’ self-image is spiritual growth. In Colossians 1 Paul emphasizes the crucial need to understand God’s will, so that we can walk worthy, be faithful, increase in the knowledge of God, be strong, be steadfast, patient and thankful. Jesus said He glorified the Father in John 17:4 by having ‘accomplished the work given to him.’ We need to ‘know’ the will of God for us and then ‘pursue’ that purpose in our lives. The place and purpose God has chosen for you is based on what He has placed in you and how He has fashioned and is fashioning you. Whether you are the one upfront or the janitor you function is vital and valued.
So it is vital if we are to fulfill our purpose and achieve our destiny that we allow the Holy Spirit to fashion us and place us in the spot God has chosen not the spot we think we should be given. Just as the various parts of the human body have vastly different functions and purposes so do the living stones in the Body of Christ. Be the stone He has made you and you will soar with the eagles spiritually!
May the Lord be with you as you go through your day!