Read: Exodus 26:1-11
Too big. Too small. Too long. Too short. Too tight. Too loose. Too bright. Too dull. These words describe most of the clothes we try on at a clothes store. Finding the perfect fit seems to be an impossible task.
Finding a church that is a “perfect fit” poses similar problems. Every church has something that is not quite right. Our gifts are not recognised. Our talents are not appreciated. Our sense of humour may be misunderstood. Certain attitudes, beliefs, people, or programmes make us uncomfortable. We feel as if we don’t fit. We struggle to find our place.
However, we know that God wants us to fit together with one another. The apostle Paul said we are being “built together to become a dwelling in which God lives” (Eph. 2:22). As the tabernacle in the days of Moses (Ex. 26) and the temple in the days of Solomon (1 Kings 6:1-14) were the dwelling places of God on earth, the believers in the church today are the temple of God. God wants us to fit together, so that there are no divisions in His church. This means that we, the building blocks, are to be “perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement” (1 Cor. 1:10).
No church will be a perfect fit, but we can all work at fitting together more perfectly. We need to realise that the love of Christ creates unity in the midst of diversity.