I’m over halfway done doing my 40 days of communion. I specifically asked God to show me more about the Bread of Communion, symbolic of Christ’s Body. One day, as I was trying to pour out one of my my little communion wafers from the jar, a bunch of them spilled out onto the floor. Since they represent the flesh, I instantly wondered. “Is that how You see us, God? Are we all just a bunch identical punched-out wafers scattered on the earth?”
I felt God take me to the time of Moses. God wanted a relationship with His people, but in fear they denied such intimacy with God. Instead, they demanded God’s rules, claiming that they could keep His Holy Standard in their own strength. That was the day God established the Law, and it was also the beginning of humanity trying to achieve human righteousness without relationship. But we will always fall short of God’s glory, and we are desperately in need of a Savior (Romans 3.23).
“Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die” (Exodus 20.18-19 NKJV).
When we try to be perfect in our own strength, we’ll only gain human perfection, which allows us to appear perfect in the eyes of others and in our own eyes. But really this perfect image only shapes us into cookie-cutter imitations of God’s best design for us. If we see God as a unloving Master instead of the loving Father, we will be too scared to walk into our destiny by faith.
God created us each uniquely, and we each have a special and specific role to serve in the Body of Christ. When we try to be like someone else, we will all miss our individual calling that has been written in God’s scrolls before time began.
“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books” (Revelation 20.12 NIV).
The Bible says we are Living Stones, whom God is using to build His Temple on earth. Individually, we house the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, but all Christians, like a family, become a united Temple of God’s Presence, and we each fit into a specific niche in the walls of this Temple. Only when we embrace our true design from God will we find our true place in God.
Working with bricks is easy because–just like the communion wafers–they all look the same. However, working with stones takes more time and thought. Each stone is shaped differently, so they are not interchangeable. When we trust God and embrace how He specifically designed us, He will guide us into the destiny He has written out for us. But we must let go of trying to be perfect “bricks” in our own strength and allow the Spirit to shape and guide us according to His will.
We are not all the standard punched-out wafers. We can’t judge or covet another person’s design and purpose. It may feel safe being just like everyone else, but we won’t fit into God’s rightful place for us. Instead, we are loaves of bread each with a variety of shapes, textures, aromas and tastes. And God loves how He designed us because He is a creative God, and He wants to offer nourishment to His Creation through our individual ingredients.
“And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God” (1 Peter 2.5 NLT).