A dwelling place for the Spirit
And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:22 NIV)
It feels like a mystery, that God should dwell in us. That we should contain something of Him in our hearts. More so that as a people He is building us together and that His Spirit would dwell in us as a body. It realigns our thoughts of a personal walk with God to seeing it as corporate journey, we are together. We can grieve the Spirit on our own, but we can also grieve the Spirit corporately. The Spirit dwells in our hearts as individuals but He also dwells in us as a body. Through the networks of relationships he flows, or not, as the case might be.
It is the bonds of love that are the veins through which the Spirit of God flows, and it is hatred and dissension that brings the stroke or heart attack to the body. A blockage here or there, a faction with an opinion that causes destruction to the body. To control who you love is akin to the blocking of an artery through which the Holy Spirit would move and feed someone else. It might be that there are aspects of the body that are not receiving the life of God because we have blocked the flow. Maybe it’s relational issues, maybe it’s interdenominational struggles. The original design is that none of these would hinder the flow of the Spirit. My hope is in the ministry of the Spirit, that he is building us together to become a place of dwelling for His presence. He is patient with us in our relationships, bringing one to forgive another. He touches our hearts to know his love and his kindness, to drop offences and build bridges instead of maintaining walls. My hope is in Him as the builder, that He is the perfect architect and visionary for the house to be built. He knows how to put us together.
Forgive us where we have grieved your Spirit, forgive us where we have not let you flow through us. Lord make us a dwelling for your Spirit, built together by your grace.