We joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Ephesians 2:21 NLT
This building Paul is talking about is a building in Christ. The “in whom” points us back to Christ as the chief cornerstone. It is in Christ that the building is being joined together. It is in Christ that the building is being built. We are a building in Christ.
We are being built into a holy temple in the Lord.
Christians are now the temple of God. We are each a temple individually, and we are also being built into one glorious temple for God. We are the new Holy of Holies.
We are a dwelling place for God’s Spirit, or the Holy Spirit. One of the thing the Holy Spirit does for the believer is that He indwells us. He dwells in us. We are His dwelling place.
This is what we are, and this is what we are becoming. It is our present and our future.
Therefore, growing a church begins with you. Church growth does not occur when we fill up the seats and when we get bigger budgets and nicer buildings. Church growth occurs when you learn about God and His Word; when you fellowship with each other; when you pray; when you obey God. That is true church growth. You are what God is building, because you are a part of His church.
Are you a holy vessel, fit for the Lord’s use? What in your life needs to go? Are you available for the Lord to use?