Friday, April 11, 2014

Preparing for Easter ~ Place of Unity

[Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations…from everlasting to everlasting  Psalm 90:1-2  
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore God’s Presence, our dwelling place.  Are you dwelling in the presence of God? ~ Donna Howell Oswalt]

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in who you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:16-19 NASB

Through Christ, there is reconciliation with God which destroys the barriers that divide people, which breaks down the walls that people build between each other. Scripture offers proof that Christ has died for all. In Christ, there are no distinctions between racial background or economic status, cultural differences or dietary choices. Living in unity with Christ and without division is truly living the resurrection. When the Holy Spirit dwells within us, our unity in Christ will look beyond the differences and share the uncommon love of Jesus.

The 1st century church provides the language that the 21st century church needs. God looks beyond our differences and builds His dwelling places with Extravagant Love. Holy One, my safe place is surrounded by people just like me, but You call me to look beyond myself, to walk outside my carefully constructed walls, to search within my redeemed soul, to find community in You. Count me alive in Christ. Build us all together as Your dwelling place. -dho 

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