Have you ever tried to lay brick? Good bricklayers make it look easy. It isn’t. Our first house had an unfinished room with a roughed in fireplace in the basement. I decided to finish the room and figured I could lay the brick face of the fireplace. I once hauled mortar to bricklayers, so I thought I could do it. Well, eventually I completed the job, but not without tons of frustration!
You see, bricks are easy to stack. I could stack bricks up dry without a problem. But stacked bricks are not stable. They need mortar to bind them together. Mixing the mortar to the right consistency, applying it to bricks and placing them in a straight and plumb wall – these things are the challenge.
This reminds me of Ephesians 2:19-21. Listen for the bricklaying language in this passage. “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.” (NIV)
Those words joined together sound a lot like what a bricklayer does by applying mortar and building a wall. God wants the followers of Jesus joined together as active members of a local church. Together, we are a holy temple of God’s spirit.
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