Legacy Devotional: Day 13
The Church: A Place of Growth
Late last year, CNN reported on a new technology where building materials could be created from algae. By combining bacteria with an agregate, they make the base material for a new type of concrete, one that bypasses the typically environmentally-damaging processes involved. These foundational blocks "grow" to make homes and businesses for many people.
Peter the apostle described Christians as living stones. Our physical buildings are important because they serve the purpose of building an eternal house, not made of bricks and mortar, but relationship. This house started long before our time and will continue past our lifetimes. It is a home that extends throughout time and space, history and geography, where every human being finds home in Christ's grand architecture plan. Even greater, we collectively become a house for others to be welcomed into.
This does not mean we become rigid and dry, stuck in our ways. We are living stones. While the building continues to rise, we also grow—deeper in understanding, stronger in faith, broader in influence and closer in relationship with one another.
There is nothing on earth like the Church. When we prioritise God's house on earth, we are building one that will never be destroyed.
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“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood” - 1 Peter 2:5