Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.-Ephesians 2:20
What is a cornerstone? A cornerstone determines how a building will be built. It was the tradition during Bible times, that a cornerstone would be laid when construction began to help give a building stability. The shape and makeup of the cornerstone would determine how the building would turn out. So naturally builders would try to find a cornerstone that was straight, solid and could take a lot of pressure and all of the other stones lean on the corner stone, because it is the largest, the most solid, and the most carefully constructed of any in the building. Jesus describes Himself as the Cornerstone that His church would be built upon, a unified body of believers, both Jew and Gentile. God calls us to stop relying on the things of this world and instead to lean on Him, the Rock who is faithful in all His ways and a shelter for us in the time of need.-Deuteronomy 32:4
Remember the story Jesus told a us about the wise man building his house upon the rock. -Matthew 7:24-27 It endured the storms of life. What happened to the foolish man who built on a foundation of sand? Disaster! Jesus is a sure foundation, and we can build everything on Him without fear. We can trust Him because He is 100% reliable. In Isaiah 28:16-17 the bible says “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed. I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line.’” We can’t provide the right kind of foundation for our lives, but God can lay a foundation for us, if we will trust in Him. Jesus is precious, and a cornerstone. He provides the lines, the pattern for all the rest of the building. The cornerstone must be straight and true, and everything in the entire building lines up in reference to the cornerstone. If the cornerstone is defective in anyway, if the line is off by a tiny angle, the whole building will be wrong. What a wonderful promise to know that no matter what happens – the greatest tragedies, adversities or losses – your house will stand. You will not only survive, but mature, grow and become more like Jesus.
Ephesians 2:19-21 says “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.”
Your relationship with Christ will stand the test of time. Getting to know Him better and applying the truths found in the Bible to your life will continue to strengthen you. Anything else will fall away like a sandcastle that washes away when the tide comes in.
Christ is our cornerstone and on Him alone we should stand!
Father God, Help me to build my life on a solid foundation based on your word. Holy Spirit help me to hear, listen, and apply truth into my life so that when the storms of life surface I do not loose my footing. In Jesus Name, Amen