The end of August. Somewhere in Poland. The mountains. The ascent was not too difficult. Children with their natural curiosity roam around what was left of people’s dreams. Dreams of a place where you could meet God. Now it is nothing more than a heap of ruins with the sky as its roof. In such scenery I hear the words:
That is what the church should look like!
Seeing our surprised looks, the girl explains: the church should be built of stones not bricks. Each one of us is different and this stone wall illustrates it well.
We live in times when everything has to work according to certain standards, patterns and pace. This pertains to the construction industry as well, so instead of stones, we use bricks. It is easier and faster as bricks are even and allow for more economical use of mortar. God sees it differently. He created us with variety and He wants us to stay that way. We are all of different color, sizes and structures and sometimes you need a lot of mortar (love) to bind us together in what is our common goal:
you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5 (NIV)
The tough art of stone building requires skill and determination. To connect the stones you need much more mortar than with bricks. The differences force us to continually make decisions to love our brothers or sisters in Christ. Perhaps, next to you there is a very inconvenient stone – one you do not get along well with and if you could, you would throw it away. But remember – its lack will make a hole that you will not be able to fill. And the hole will allow snow and ice in, which can damage the mortar and destroy the other stones. Jesus said: A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34, NIV)
Enjoy the stones around you knowing that no one is perfect!
p.s. We will never run out of mortar as we have a very reliable Supplier…