“[You are] built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Ephesians 2:20-22
I love the image which Paul uses here. I picture a temple made up of all different kinds of stones. Different colours, shapes, sizes. And God uses them to build. Some of the stones need rough edges knocking off, in places there are big lumps of mortar to fill in the holes where a stone doesn’t quite fit, but somehow out of all these uneven stones God builds something beautiful.
This temple has Jesus as the cornerstone, the first stone in which gives the corner which sets the directions of the walls and therefore controls the shape of the whole building. And in him the whole building is joined together, which suggests he is the mortar between the stones too. And 1 Peter describes us as “living stones”, each of us having Jesus living in us by his Spirit, so that in fact God does not just dwell inside the building, but permeates the very walls.
And the great news is, somewhere in that building there is a hole in the wall that is shaped just like you. A place God is keeping to slot you into his temple, so you can become a vital part of the dwelling place of Almighty God. I pray that he will show you where you fit in, so that you can become part of his magnificent temple.