Open During Renovations

Posted on August 24, 2012

Ephesians 2

Last year Lancaster City received a 10.5 millon dollar grant for renovations across the city. It’s interesting to watch a city over the years. Buildings may come and go but some are renovated and turned into something new. The Lancaster Arts Hotel is one such place. Originally, built in the 1880’s as a tobacco warehouse it was also used by a paper and twine business and an electronics business before being transformed into the hotel. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property to the Harrisburg Avenue Tobacco Historic District.

Paul uses some interesting metaphors Ephesians chapter 2 about the church as a building. There is more written about the church in Ephesus than any other church in the New Testament. But understand that when Paul likens a church to a building he in no way is implying that the church is a building. The church is the people. In verses 14 and 15 he talks about some of the renovations made to our relationship with God:

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,

He then goes on in verses 19 to 22 to describe how the new building was made and the construction process continues in us:

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

The original temple as described in the Old Testament was a beautiful place that reflected the majesty of God. Now that we are the new temple I wonder what we reflect of God, not only as individual pieces but how we coordinate with the other parts (people) that make up the temple? When someone new comes to the church the most important thing for them to see is not the physical architecture of the building but the make up of the people inside. Are we welcoming, do we get along with one another? Also, if people ARE the church then the great thing is that you take the church into the community everywhere you go. Make sure that God’s building is in good shape and reflects who he is. Always be open to renovations so that we reflect God in the best possible light and draw people into his presence.

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