The only thing we are promised won’t change in our life with Jesus, is Jesus. Everything else is completely open to changing, faltering and hopefully transforming. We can see this clearly at work all throughout the Psalms. David is often found writing about what needs to change. Interestingly enough, what needed to change the most was David.
David is credited with building God a tabernacle, of which many, including myself, long to rebuild for God to dwell in. Yet can God dwell in a room or a box? This conversation has happened so many times already so I’m not looking to be repetitive but to bring a change in perspective.
Ephesians 2:19-22 is one of my most favorite passages of scripture of all time. In these collections of verses, from the inside of a Roman prison, Paul is describing a household, a home and not a church but at the same time, yes, a church, in its finest definition. He starts in v. 19 by proclaiming a promise and a prophetic shift in identity over us. “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…”
“The word, foreigners, in the Greek, paroikos, literally means “to dwell beside”. The term came to denote an alien who dwells as a sojourner in a land without the rights of citizenship. This word describes Moses and Abraham, sojourners in a land not their own (Acts 7:6, 29), and the Christian who is traveling through this world as an alien whose citizenship and ultimate residence are in heaven (1 Pet. 2:11).” – Jack Hayford – New Spirit Filled Life Bible p.1648
The word household does not mean a physical home but “members of the family”. God, in this verse releases an identity to us as a community and a family unit. Whenever you see the word, “therefore”, we must look previous to it and see what the therefore is in response to. In this case, we are a household and have citizenship and the rights accompanied with citizenship because of Eph. 2:14-18.
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
And He came and preached peace to those who were afar off and to those who were near.
For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”
The death of the enmity of sin, given power through the law, brought forth by the sin of the first Adam, and the joining together, through the reconciliation of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the second and final Adam, has freed us from an identity destined for death and has set us apart as citizens alongside saints and members of the household of God.
Verses 20 and 21 go on to describe, even further that we, the household of God, have been built upon a foundation and that very foundation isn’t even in the natural. Even the firm footing we have is upon community. We have been built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ, again not a physical or natural material, the chief cornerstone. If we are fitted together, which we are, then according to the Holy Spirit, through divine breath upon these Holy Scriptures by way of the author, Paul, we will grow into a holy temple in the Lord.
We end perfectly with one of my favorite verses of all time – “… in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”
We have been made into a community of lovers, worshipers and intercessors whose identity is based in a man who is God and paid a great price, as well as achieved a miraculous victory in rising from the tomb, with a destiny whose fulfillment is found in becoming a household. If a move of God is going to come to our region, to our cities and/or to our nation and across the nations of this world, we must apprehend the value of community. It has such deep value to God, He has quite literally designed the death and life of His Son for the establishing of an eternal community or household which would reconcile all men to the Himself.
Why 24-7 prayer, why build a prayer and intercession community and why raise up a dwelling place for God? Its simple; God has a value for us being fitted together as a household or community in which He can, then in turn, find a resting place. Don’t you want to be known as the ones that said yes? Let our fame come from being a resting place for God and His Spirit!