The word for this week is 'WALL'.
Much has been said of late about walls.
Walls separate. Walls divide. Walls define boundaries and borders. Walls are present in our homes and in places of employment. There is the trend in modern construction for a more 'open' concept. Translation--less walls, more visibility, greater transparency and better useful space.
Spiritual applications may be made as well about walls. Sadly, walls exist in the church and I refer not to the wall of brick, wood, or concrete. These kinds of walls may well be just as rigid and reinforced by personal pride.
Division exists between families and those some once considered close friends. Walls are present both in the community and sadly in the fellowship of the church. The adversary Satan prefers isolation instead of acceptance, walls instead of bridges within the fellowship of the Lord's church. In large part because walls have a way of deterring fellowship and destroying unity. That scheme fits his deceitful purpose and far too many play along.
Walls have a place, even a purpose in construction. However, walls are out of place in the church. The church of the Lord Jesus must work intentionally on a more 'open' concept of embracing the lost, the least, the last and the lonely in the community that God has strategically placed them. His plan and purpose is built on love for God and love for one another--the first and second greatest commandments in scripture. Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus came to break down walls and build bridges. The wall of separation that sin produces rigidly stands between the sinner and Holy God. However, Jesus came to tear down that wall and make a way of access for anyone willing to walk through 'the opening' of His finished work of redemption. That personal decision makes it possible for anyone and everyone to be reconciled to God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Scripture affirms this in Ephesians 2:14-15 where the Holy Spirit of God says, "For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in the ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from two, thus making peace."
Praise the Lord for tearing down the wall that once separated you from Him. Do it often with thanksgiving!
In the process of progress, be intentional in tearing down the walls that separate you from someone else that God has redeemed and reconciled unto Himself. The result will be more 'openness' through grace and greater peace for you personally.
Tearing down walls produces greater acceptance, less isolation and stronger more stable relationships. May each of us who know Jesus as Lord and Savior, being insulated by His grace respond by living in peace with others.
Is there a wall that needs to be torn down and removed? Jesus will oversee that in your life IF your willing to quit reinforcing it with pride and begin to dismantle it through humility. With Jesus, this is personal. Through the active work of God's Spirit, it's possible and necessary IF we hope to experience His peace and rest.
It's much better to live everyday knowing you are accepted in the beloved through the access that Christ has provided. God does that for us in Jesus. Will we do that for others?
If there is something separating you or even isolating you from the fellowship of Christ and His church, Jesus would say to you today the same thing that President Ronald Reagan said to the Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev some 20 years ago; 'it's time to tear down this wall.'
Why live behind a wall when you don't have to? Maybe it's time to let the Holy Spirit take a wrecking ball to that wall of pride and encourage others to do the same! Love will win over hate and division will be replaced with unity. And more will experience His blessing of peace.
So let's continue to focus together on peaceful fellowship that builds more bridges and less walls; more compassion and less criticism. And let us do it intentionally in Jesus' name and for His glory!
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
1 Corinthians 15:58