Well, besides “everything is awesome.”
For better or worse, I’ve never been the type of babysitter that could remove myself from the play. I find it makes one frustrated kid and one long day. So as a college educated twenty-six year old, I spend most of my days having tea parties with a fake British accent, constructing blanket forts, and challenging my mind with 24 piece puzzles.
But let me tell you, I am daily challenged (No, not by the puzzle. How dare you think it).
I recently started watching a couple of other kids once a week and each time I do, we make our rounds through the various categories of toys in the house. And any time we come to the duplos, construction gets really serious. We’re obviously going to build a big building and the engineering falls to me. If we want this thing to stay together, the pieces I use matter.
I lay out a square frame with the long pieces.Then I look for pieces that will connect the disjointed first row to the second layer of “bricks”, overlapping the seams. Individual blocks? Get outta here.
You see, the pieces matter because each layer is so fragile and wobbly unless bound to it’s neighbor of every possible preposition.
But last week, a game changer was introduced to our Lego playing.
exhibit a: The baseplate….
Where had he been all of those houses and skyscrapers earlier?! With this guy, the pieces I used no longer carried such great significance to the structure. It didn’t matter if the whole first row was all individual bricks. Their stability and cohesiveness as a house weren’t dependent on who or what they were. It all hinged on what they were built on.
You picking up what I’m putting down?
As followers of Christ, we can put such effort into building the body of Christ in our image. The person sitting next to me needs to look like me and sound like me and think like me. We need to have lots in common, be in the same place in life. Without these things, there can be no harmony or stability. It all depends on the bricks we’re working with.
But In Ephesians chapter 2 has something else to say entirely:
“19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.”
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11
Yes, we still seek to build community and strong relationship. But we don’t have to base those on our interests or skin color or music preference or worship style. Christ himself is the glue. The Cornerstone. The bumpy green baseplate.
“14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. 16Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.
17He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. 18Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.”(Ephesians 2:14-18)
Our churches and communities don’t need to be about us or look like us. They need only to be built on our shared foundation, Christ. Steadfast, immovable. Destroying barriers and boundaries. Overcoming differences and difficulties. If he is our focus instead of each other, we will become unified naturally by becoming like Him. The goal has never been to become like each other.
Happy Building, y’all.