“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Eph 2: 19-22)
The Apostle reminds me today that I’m not alone; I’m not a “stranger” or “foreigner,” wandering about with no purpose and no connections in a foreign land. I am “being built,” little by little, along with other “members of the household of God,” with whom I share a common language. My “fellow citizens” include the saints, the apostles and prophets, both of yesterday and today, with “Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.” And all of us in this “household of God” are held together, and are indeed “being built together,” in the Spirit.
When I experience setbacks on my daily and hourly journey to God, like my own laziness and procrastination, I tend to lose sight of the positive fact that I am “being built,” little by little, together with other cross-carriers, “for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” The process of “being built” includes setbacks and difficulties, – otherwise there would be no need for further “building.” And I am reminded today that I’m not alone in this process, which occurs daily in me and others through spiritual progress, not spiritual perfection.
Today let me be willing to “be built” in the Holy Spirit, as I take up Christ’s cross once again, which includes my own weaknesses, as well as those of others. I need not be discouraged in the place I am today, on my journey. Because that place is “the household of God,” where I am not alone.