My son enjoys computer games.
Recently, he bought a car racing game. He had a steering wheel and pedals he could connect to his computer. But he wanted to construct a gaming seat. Online instructions showed him how to make the seat out of plumbing piping, wood, and an old office chair. He went to a hardware store for all the parts. He and I cut piping. We assembled the chair and glued each section. He painted the chair, first with white primer, then in red paint. We attached the wooden sections. We dismantled an old office chair and screwed the seat in place. We attached the steering wheel and pedals. Finally, we set it up in his bedroom with his computer. It has been most rewarding project for him to complete.
God also has a building project. It’s you and me. Listen to Ephesians 2:19-22
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his 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. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
God’s project is the church. The design is for us to be like Jesus – attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). The parts list is you and me – we are living stones being built into a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5). The glue is the Holy Spirit – we keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3). The paint is God’s love – over all Christian virtues put on love (Colossians 3;14). And the purpose is for us to be the living example of God’s grace to the world – we are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit (Ephesians 2:22).
What a privilege to be under the careful eye of our great builder. And what a privilege to be used by the Lord to display his glory.
So, if we wonder if God is working in our lives, or if we’re any use to God, or if God has overlooked us, let's remember that God has chosen us, he’s brought us together in Jesus, and together we get to be part of his great design to bring people to faith in Jesus. Let this encourage you this week.
視頻大意翻譯(Brief video Chinese translation):
於是他去了一家五金店。 他收集了所有的零件。 我們切割水管。 我們把椅子組裝起來並檢查是否合適。 我們把椅子拆開，把每個部分都粘起來。 然後他給椅子上了漆，首先是白色底漆。 然後他把它塗成紅色。 我們把木頭部分連接起來。 我們拆了一把舊的辦公椅，用螺絲釘把它固定住。 最後，我們把方向盤和踏板連接起來。
神的計劃就是教會。是為了讓我們更像耶穌-得以長大成人、滿有基督長成的身量(以弗所書4:13)。這部份說的就是你和我-就像活石、被建造成為靈宮(彼得前書 2:5)。聖靈是我們的連著劑-用和平彼此聯絡(以弗所書 4:3)。神的愛是我們的漆-以爱为首的基督徒美德(歌羅西書3:14)。目的就是讓我們在這世界活出一個神恩典的榜樣-我們也靠他同被建造成為神藉着聖靈居住的所在(以弗所書 2:22)。