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The Church Jesus Expects to Find

Tuesday Re-mix –

“The unity of Christendom is not a luxury, but a necessity. The world will go limping until Christ’s prayer that all may be one is answered. We must have unity, not at all costs, but at all risks. A unified Church is the only offering we dare present to the coming Christ, for in it alone will He find room to dwell.”
Bishop Charles Henry Brent

I had a walkway installed on the side of my house.  It had been a bunch of mud and dirt and was never going to grow grass, so we spent one Spring dressing it up.  The first major piece was a lined walkway.  I explained to the contractor what I had in mind and he seemed to understand pretty well.  “Crushed granite”, he said…”That’s what you’re looking for, right?”  Well, I had no idea.  I knew the look I wanted, but I didn’t know the name of the material.  “Yes,” I answered in complete ignorance.  I should have pressed for more clarity.

It was all installed in a day…while I was gone.  As it turns out, it was not what I had in mind at all.  It was a different color, a different consistency and pretty much completely different than what I envisioned.  But I have learned to like it.  I also learned how important it is to see the materials before you start building with them, because the materials matter.  In fact, in this case I strongly suspect that the materials I had in mind were not nearly as practical nor as useful as what I got.  So I decided to like it.

When Paul talked about the “materials” for building the church in I Corinthians 3, he also concluded that the materials matter.  He said some of us would …