Tearing Down & Building Up

You are God’s household, built on the foundation with Jesus himself as the cornerstone. Ephesians 2:19-20
Talk of building up and tearing down can bring tensions to the surface in any group. What is to remain and what should be swept away? Preservation and plans for growth seem to conflict. Strong opinions and deep loyalties begin to surface. This week the former fire struck Saint Patrick Rectory will be torn down in order to make parking lot. One can only imagine all that the walls of the building would say if they could utter a word.

Paul’s words to the believers at Ephesus remind us that God is also involved in demolition and construction. God was in the process of “closing down” the temple that stood in Jerusalem. In fact, in A.D. 70, the Roman siege of Jerusalem ended in the physical demolition of the temple. With it the structure of old loyalties and convictions would fall.

But a new temple is under construction. This temple is the church, and it includes all believers in Christ as living building blocks. This building is magnificent and secure. The glorious structure that comes together fits the intentions of the Lord. Each believer, each building block, complements all the others, and all belong together as they connect to Christ, the cornerstone.

Our lives are often marked by personal building projects. But as wonderful as our own initiatives can be, we know that God’s buildings (us) replace the structures made with our own hands. The products of our earthly lives will one day be replaced by all things made new.