BREAKING THE WALLS OF MEN
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. Ephesians 2:14-17
I continue to be amazed at the opportunities we miss to tear down walls. I know that I struggle some times with trying to keep myself guarded and protected because of past situations and I know that we all bring baggage into every experience. I think through the days in my past where I wish I would have had the courage to have the honest conversations and maybe would have had the opportunity to save a friendship or leave a relationship on better terms. I know that we all have different walls that we erect as we go through this life. I know that we continue to struggle when it comes to stepping into those moments that give us anxiety, but the longer I grow in my relationship with Christ, the more I recognize how I am able to step out of this fear and into the certainty of Christ. I continue to watch as God is able to tear down walls but mend fences. I continue to think through the possibility of allowing God to continue to stretch me beyond the walls that I have built so that I could live each day to fulfill His plan.
I say all of this today, not because I am asking you to do something I am not willing to do myself. There have been days that I am watching people that are living in multiple universes and some days they forget which universe they are stepping into. Different lives that are
directed by our environment and continues to cause us to create personalities who create even more distance between us and others. Walls are truly something that we fail to realize how strong they are and how much they cause us to miss out on the opportunities to build stronger relationships. In our thought process, we feel as if we are doing the right thing for us and others, but the truth is we are causing more destruction than we realize. We have been called to come together and help to encourage and build each other up. We have been challenged to step into lives and not avoid them. We have been given each day as a reminder of the freedom we received through Christ to see the world through more caring eyes that helps to give us hope and assurance that the walls can and will be slowly be torn down.
Paul was writing to the people of Ephesus because they were still dealing with the struggle of a new Christian faith that invited all to the table. Paul was trying to encourage the Ephesians to see life with a new perspective. He was challenging them and us to be able to recognize that God tore down the walls between us so that we could live life together. It was an opportunity to really engage with others on a new level without having to worry where they came from or how they were defined by the world. For us, that should be the mission of the Church. We should be willing to open the doors and help tear down the walls that the world has created. When we come to worship at the feet of Jesus, it means that we lay all of our lives down and never again think about our worldly status, but about the mission we have been given by God. We see how Paul illustrates that there was a division that was destroyed through the sacrifice of Christ. We see that God sent Jesus to come and tear the veil and provide a way to reconciliation for humanity that would help them find peace. God centralized the message through the Gospel and placed it in the world as a reminder of the barriers that were created by men... not by God.
So today, I am asking you to recognize the walls that we all may have in our lives. I pray that we are able to realize that the only way that this world is going to be transformed is through our ability to carry the message of TRUTH into a world filled with barriers. We see in so many different ways that everyone has walls, but that God provided the ONE who could tear them
all down. I will continue to pray that we all take the time that we need to look and see what we are using to build these walls because the materials used comes from the hurt we experienced. If we were hurt by a friend, we are less likely to have deep, trusting relationships. If we were hurt in our jobs, than we are less likely to build trust amongst our coworkers. If we were hurt by a loved one, we are less likely to even trust family. Even if we feel as if we have been hurt by the church, we begin to step back and become isolated and distant from God. I promise that this life will continue to cause us to have our heads on a swivel, but I pray that we can allow God to help us to start tearing down the walls and rebuild our trust as we find peace. It starts with dismantling one brick at a time until we finally begin to trust God to refresh our soul. God can destroy what man created if we are willing to meet God halfway.