A House for God
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In Christ, the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
There are plenty of questions that can stop even the most confident pastor in their tracks, and most of the best ones come from children. “Where does God live?” a devoted and inquisitive little one asked me one spring afternoon during Sunday school. No doubt she had flown in an airplane before and noticed that there isn’t much to see on top of the clouds.
It is embarrassing really to have spent so much time and energy on a theological education only to be stumped by the simplest question. But then again, even the Apostle Paul has to resort to some twisty rhetoric to get at the simple truth. God lives with us. When we build our lives together, we are building a house for God.
It has been an enormous privilege to serve with you as a Pastoral Resident for the past two years. We have prayed and we have sung together. We have walked through transitions. We have wrestled with difficult news. You have welcomed me into homes and hospital rooms. You have invited me to stand with you on the holiest ground of your lives.
For this moment, I journeyed with you in the life you are building together at Village Church. And it gives me great joy to know that you will continue doing this sacred work faithfully long after I leave. You will keep visiting each other, keep singing, keep praying, you will keep knitting your lives into one another’s. You will keep building yourselves together, on the foundation of those who first taught our hearts how to believe.
So know this: With each new connection, each visit, each meal, each hug, each call. You are building more than you can imagine. You are building a place for God to live on Earth.
You are showing our children, and our world, something that feels almost impossible to believe.
God lives here.
Prayer: God, make our lives your home. Lead us in building a church where you are pleased to dwell. Amen.