What do Christians and Legos have in common?

Ephesians 2:19-22, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

The compound verb translated above as “being fitted together” (a present passive participle) is συναρμολογέω. Note the following:

  1. The prefix is “su-” (we’ve looked at this before in Ephesians 2:5,6: “made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together “)
  2. Another component is the Greek word for “joint”. Cf Hebrews 4:12, “and of joints and marrow”)
  3. And λέγω in the sense of “laying” building stones.
  4. A transliteration of λέγω would be “lego”

The origin of the company name “Lego” is as follows:

The company name Lego was coined by Christiansen from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means “play well”. The name could also be interpreted as “I put together” or “I assemble” in Latin, though this would be a somewhat forced application of the general sense “I collect; I gather; I learn”; the word is most used in the derived sense, “I read”. The cognate Greek verb “λέγω” or “lego” also means “gather, pick up”, but this can include constructing a stone wall

Lego pieces, get built up (some probably also get “vacuumed up” … but let’s ignore that for now!)

Christians are “being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit”.

Lego pieces are manufactured to an exacting degree of precision. When snapped together, pieces must have just the right amount of “clutch power”; they must stay together until pulled apart. They cannot be too easy to pull apart, or the resulting constructions would be unstable; they also cannot be too difficult to pull apart, since the disassembly of one creation in order to build another is part of the Lego appeal. In order for pieces to have just the right “clutch power”, Lego elements are manufactured within a tolerance of 2µ (micrometer).

In a spiritual way, God is precisely building His church. Every Christian is an important part of His church and has a function and a purpose: to honor and glorify Him in service, worship and fellowship.

So next time you step on a Lego or visit the Lego store at the Mall of America, remember that God is building believers into a Temple for His glory!

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