Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.
There is the answer to everything. Jesus. He came from the most dominate culture of all. The culture of Godhood. I mean I’m a white American but God’s Son from the heavenly dimensions who made the galaxies and everything else that exists kind of one ups that, don’t you think?
So how did Jesus transform the world? How did he get it all started? The Bible explains exactly how he did it.
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.
The most dominant and privileged human being who ever walked the earth, on purpose became a slave for the rest of us. He gave up his privileges and served all, even to the point of dying for all, including his most bitter enemies. Really?
Yes, for Christians of every culture we are now God’s presence in the world. We are his Temple where he dwells. We are being built on the cornerstone Jesus.
We are being built up by God into a power of justice, a power of mercy and a power of peace, all fueled by the free gift of his grace.
That’s who we are.
That’s who you are.
That’s who I am.
I am going to follow the lead of Jesus. When I listen to those in power speak, I am going to continue to ask myself the question. “Is that what Jesus would say? In the model and teaching of Jesus that I have received through the Bible, under the power of the Holy Spirit, is that what Jesus would do?”
We are being built up on the cornerstone of Jesus. No one gets to hide from his blinding light. No one gets a free pass away from his truth. There is no love or joy or peace possible without serving his justice and truth.
He said it clearly. “The greatest of you must be servant of all.”
What does it feel like to consider yourself a servant of all? In some way, serve a stranger today.