4. God's Building
One might ask the question, what if God had a building? What would it look like? Would he abandon it? Would he care if someone broke its windows? Would we break its windows?
Psalm 8:3: When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, The moon and the stars, which you have ordained; 4. What is man, that you think of him? The son of man, that you care for him? WEB
Our world is God's building. It's a magnificent building, and incredibly complex in its detail. Indeed it overshadows humanity in its grandeur and scale. Surely God cares about his creation. It isn't an abandoned building
Luke 12:6: "Aren't five sparrows sold for two assaria coins? Not one of them is forgotten by God. WEB
Yet people treat the creation of God as a world that just exists by chance. A world without a creator who cares about its fate. An abandoned building, where there's no-one to care if windows are broken.
The physical environment around us isn't God's only building. We also read that his people form the temple of the living God.
2 Corinthians 6:14: Don't be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what communion has light with darkness? 15. What agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever? 16. What agreement has a temple of God with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. Even as God said, "I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be my people." 17. Therefore, "`Come out from among them, And be separate,' says the Lord, `Touch no unclean thing. I will receive you. 18. I will be to you a Father. You will be to me sons and daughters,' says the Lord Almighty." WEB
God's people are his temple, and God cares about that temple. While it may appear that our bodies are all ours, and that it doesn't matter if we break the windows of our body, that's a mistaken assumption. The things we do with our bodies indeed do make a difference with God.
The Temple of Believers
In Ephesians, another picture of a building of God is demonstrated. This time it's a household where the building is made up of his people.
Ephesians 2:12: that you were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ. ... 19. So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, 20. being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief cornerstone; 21. in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22. in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit. WEB
Similarly in Hebrews,
Heb 3:6: but Christ is faithful as a Son over his house; whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the glorying of our hope firm to the end. WEB
This raises the question of whether this house is cared about by its owner, or whether it's abandoned and ready for its windows to be broken. Are we bricks in an abandoned building, or a building where God is living?