Working Towards

There are some hints and themes that pop up that give an indication of what might be there to work towards.

The tabernacle was glorious and then the temple was glorious. Both of them were put together in ornate and considered fashion. They were splendid constructs designed to be a focal point for the presence of God with His people. These were brilliant in virtually every physical sense and were great depictions of how much the presence was valued. Yet for all these constructs, they would be a shadow of the way God had always desired to be with His people.

That final design would not be about stadia, cathedrals or multi-million pounds edifices. It would be living stones, a holy nation, a royal priesthood who together would reflect on earth this is where the temple is. In the light of the temple that was destroyed and returned three days later, so there would be a Body that would be the dwelling place of God with men.

That’s something worth working towards.

People discovering who they are in Christ and living out those truths in the light of a world that rejects them and seeks to subtly draw them away. Those people being strengthened by those truths not to turn their back on the world, but to enjoy their new identity in Christ. People relating with each other and the community around them in simple expressions of the love of God in action. People recognising what they contribute to each other and seeing the other as more important than themselves. Not chained to lifeless routines and obligations, but set free to serve in love for their brother and sister.

That’s something worth working towards.

There are plenty of avenues in which this work is taking place. There is no uniform expression in which this work is going on. It is a work that takes place under the radar, without great attention drawn to it. It is a work that often costs a significant amount in more ways than financial. It is a work that brings about great joy in surprising ways. This is not a work to earn, it is a work already set out that’s done in the light of everything possible being done. It’s a work from gratitude, not a work from obligation.

That’s something worth working towards.

(Photo by Bernard Hermant on Unsplash)

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

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