The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Building Together

"And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit... to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up..." (Eph.4: 13).

Just 2 chapters before today's verses, the apostle Paul wrote this: "Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus as the chief cornerstone..." (2;21). As parts of that great building, the Lord has blessed us with various talents. It is a humbling thought that the Master Builder would supply us with what is needed and give us a part in the establishment of His kingdom. As amazing as that concept is, that's just exactly what He has done. He makes a generous offer of some paint and a brush, and invites us to join Him in His work... This is not only the spiritually inspired Paul's take on this, but Peter echoes the same stuff... "As you have come to Him, the Living Stone ---- rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him ---- you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet.2:5). Peter identifies the task (to be built into a spiritual house) and a couple of chapters later discusses how God equips us for that task... "Each should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms" (4:10). God, as an act of grace, has bestowed these gifts upon us. Its not that we did something spectacular to earn the gift(s) or that we are particularly special, talented or even worthy... The great Master Builder is fully able to complete any project He has started on His own, but the paint and brush are offered to us anyway... The Lord wants us to have a sense of proprietorship in what He is building. We can experience that special pride that comes with "home ownership." I don't know about you, but I feel pretty honored and humbled by all of this...

Have a great day... T G I F...... Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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