Fasting and Prayer Day 2: Reconciliation and Forgiveness
“Joined” together so we can be “Built” together
Scripture: “in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”
Observation/Application: When I hear these words: “joined together” and “built together” it evokes a certain image in my mind. It brings me back to my days in construction and framing. When I think of joined together I think of the composite lumber (SCL) beams we used to work with. This wood was made from chips that were glued together under great pressure. All these little wood chips come together and are forced into something strong and robust. It’s kind of like people in the church. We come from all walks of life, different backgrounds and values and then are “joined” together into this family because we share the common bond of Christ. Sometimes we come together reluctantly and all our personality wood chips really rub each other. Yet, God brings us together for a purpose: to build something. Composite lumber is pretty ugly by itself but it is used to build strong structures. That’s why the second part of what Paul is saying is so important. He says that we are also being “built together”. When I think of building together I thing of columns standing side by side. I think of something sturdy, robust and purposeful. The church is a collection of people joined together (sometimes reluctantly) by Christ who find true forgiveness and reconciliation as we find comradary in Christ. Standing together, supporting one another and allowing ourselves to be part of what God is doing side-by-side with our brothers and sister in Christ. In this our second day of the week of prayer and fasting as we are focussed on reconciliation and forgiveness, let’s keep this image in mind. Allowing God to work fully in us so we can stand with one another for his purpose.
Prayer: Lord, give me your eyes to see my bothers and sisters the way you do. Fill me with your compassion and love. Help me to love, accept and forgive others as generously and freely as you have loved, accepted and forgiven me. I pray for your Spirit of reconciliation to permeate our church and our prayers this week. Amen.