God builds the church to function together. Paul says, “The whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord” (Eph 2:21).
Look at 1 Kings 6 where the construction of Solomon’s temple is described. The builders went through painstaking efforts to find, quarry, shape, and carry stones from one location to the site of the temple. They didn’t want to do the noisy, messy work in the place of the temple, so they carefully made the pieces before later fitting them together.
God is doing the same with his church. He is shaping and fitting the pieces together. He is carefully and intentionally joining together each and every component.
In the end, we will become a perfect structure. Paul writes, “Christ might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Eph 5:27). But we’re not there yet. Peter said that we are still being built (1Pe 2:5).