Built Together in Christ
When people gather together, it’s almost always for a similar reason. It’s no different for us as Christians. We gather together in a beautiful building and we are all hopefully there for the same reason: to glorify God and study from His word.
There’s a key difference between what we do and people meeting in other places: we are the church, not the building. We are constantly being molded and fitted together in His body. In Ephesians 2:19-22, it says “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”
It’s all about the foundation. When we have the foundation of Christ, we are striving to grow as God’s child and be better servants of His. If this is our foundation, we grow together because we all are striving for the same things and we as His body become even more perfect. When God is the reason, it will always work out in the end. Nehemiah 8 talks about when Ezra read from the law and it said they gathered as one man. They had the same purpose, desire, and motivation. That’s exactly what we should be! A group of people with the same mind and the same foundation longing for the same thing: to praise Him and ultimately live with Him for eternity.
However, if that foundation is not Christ, it easily gets in the way and can quickly become a problem. While one may not have the mindset of trying to cause strife in the church, simply not having that same foundation can cause problems. That’s where it becomes up to us to determine what our foundation is. Why do we do what we do each week? If we are just a group of people and no one is there for the same reason, nothing will ever get done, and God is not praised as He should be.
When we all have the same foundation and lean on the same Rock, it all comes out just as it should be. While we ourselves are not perfect, because we have that same foundation, we are fitted and molded together in a perfect way. When we are built together in Christ, all things work together for good. We are all citizens of God’s household, not strangers and aliens. We are brothers and sisters. If we live like it and build our lives around Him, we all come together perfectly.