by Sarah Neil

You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.

Ephesians 2:19-22 – The Message

When a building is built, the first stone laid is the cornerstone. All other stones are now laid using the cornerstone as the reference point, which means the cornerstone determines the position of the entire building. The power of one stone to determine the strength, appearance and structure of a building that lasts a lifetime or crumbles.

Jesus is described as the chief cornerstone. If Jesus is our cornerstone, what would this mean for our lives as the following stones are placed?

Our life would be stronger, last the storms, provide shelter, shine bright, provide a safe place for others, be filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control and gentleness.

If God built our foundation when we were created, then the next thought is that He designed for Jesus to be the first stone laid in our life. He is the cornerstone for us to use as a guide for our whole life. Let's take down the crumbling structure that we keep trying to patch in our own knowledge and strength and ask God to place Jesus as the chief cornerstone. Using this foundation and cornerstone, you will build a life on an unshakable ground that weathers the storms and celebrate the moments. Psalms 118 encourages and reassures us that His mercy is everlasting.

Today God, we take a moment to stand back and look at the building of our life, and we take down what has not been referenced on Jesus the cornerstone. We realign and choose to place the next stone in line with Jesus. Thank you for your mercy and love. Amen


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