Ephesians 2:11-22 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by John Lee, Gracepoint Minneapolis

In what ways does my old identity as a “foreigner” and “alien” still persist, despite the fact that I am now “fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household?” Despite experiencing a restored relationship with God and becoming “fellow citizens with God’s people and member of God’s household,” my old identity as a “foreigner” and “alien” has not fully been abolished in my life. I think my old identity persists through my deep-seated desire to call the shots over my life and my pride and fears that leads to unwillingness in my heart to fully surrender the control of the specifics of my life to God. And ultimately, I perpetuate my own sense of being an “alien” as I default to my fears and maintain the wall I’ve built around my life and heart. I see a picture of this folly daily as my 2 year old fails to see why I do not let him climb onto high places, put coins into electric sockets, make him take baths, etc. It’s amusing for me to see him acting as if he knows what is best for him and not as amusing when I have to convince him forcefully that daddy knows better.

Taking this analogy to my relationship with God, He has made me a member of His household but my own fears and ideas of what is best for me allows my old identity to persist despite the good God desires for me to experience if I let him do so.

How have I experienced the process of “being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” with others who are “members of God’s household?”   What do I need to do to further accelerate this process? I have experienced the process of “being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” with others who are “members of God’s household” through the rubbing of lives with the brothers and sisters of our church. I have had the privilege of being at Gracepoint for the past 18 years with the same pastor and leaders and peers through these years. It’s through the long-term commitment to the church and to people in my life that God has been able to work in me despite my issues, and I have personally experienced God working in my heart through the extended church around me. I am also experiencing this acutely today as I have been sent out with 20 other brothers and sisters to start our new church in Minneapolis. I am experiencing the acceleration of the process of being built together as a church as we are literally building a new church together in this new city for all of us. We are literally seeing each other daily and doing everything together – helping each other settle down, praying for each other, eating together, and everything else required to build our new church. And as I recognize the fact that I am here on a mission and as I desperately cling to the other members of the team, I realize there is nothing more powerful in experiencing being built up as a church than having this common vision and mission together in a “I really need God and everyone else” mode. So as I continue to rely on God and not succumb to my old isolationist ways, I look forward to experiencing even more “God building up our new church to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”

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