In Corinthians, Paul tells us that we are God’s building, an allusion that I am certain is lost on most of us. A building? Really?
Some commentators have argued that Paul was trying to teach us that we must be set on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ which then provides the support for the Church and each of us to build up the people of God. A reasonable interpretation. But isn’t Paul’s meaning deeper than that?
Brothers and sisters:
You are God’s building.
According to the grace of God given to me,
like a wise master builder I laid a foundation,
and another is building upon it.
But each one must be careful how he builds upon it,
for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there,
namely, Jesus Christ.
Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God’s temple,
God will destroy that person;
for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.
It seems to me that Paul is speaking not only to our minds but additionally to the longing for God that is in our hearts. Faith is not a construction project. Instead it is a life long journey to listen to and obey God’s greatest desires for our lives. When we hear his voice, we are like a well built building that will weather the great tempests that challenge our faith
Listen, and the Lord will speak.