"Therefore you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone."
I did a bit of research on cornerstones...good stuff! So, what is a cornerstone?
It is a stone placed at the corner of a building that was used as the foundation and standard upon which a building was constructed. Once in place, the rest of the building would conform to the angles and size of that cornerstone. From that one stone, the entire building would be measured. It was critical in ancient times that the cornerstone was strong-square-and perfectly shaped or the building would not remain sound. In modern times-a cornerstone is typically for decorative or commemorative uses.
..so I started thinking...
buildings used to need a cornerstone to stand...in modern times it is decoration...
...so I started thinking about my foundation
...and the foundation of our country
...the foundations of the modern church movements
...and wondered if there is any correlation between
where we came from
--where we are
--and where we are headed.
What are we building on, folks?!
I think it is about time we take a serious look at our lives.
Is Christ truly The Cornerstone of your life?
...or is He just a decorative add on to make the outside look good?
Is Christ the basis for your decision making?
...or do you rationalize your choices based on what others will think?
Is Christ the center of your home?
...or do you attend church when it fits your schedule?
Is Christ the focus of your day?
...or do you Facebook or surf rather than getting your face in The Book?
Is Christ the basis of your relationships?
...or do you sink into shallow living so you fit in with the crowd?
Is Christ the center of your mind?
...or do your thoughts wander to places and ideas that are offensive to God?
Is Christ the reason for what you do?
...or are you motivated by money, advancement, social status?
Is Christ your EVERYTHING?
...or is He just one more thing that you add on to your life...like fire insurance.
even tougher answers...
Sometimes the tough questions bring feelings of conviction...
Sometimes the answers reveal the need for repentance...
BUT OUR JESUS NEVER CONDEMNS THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST.
So, do you have some areas under construction??
--praise God He is showing you that!
repent-believe-and trust you are being built into
His dwelling place.
Look up sweet sister-you aren't alone.
All of us are in the same boat in need of the same saving Grace.
We are all under construction and thank God we have the Master Builder
that sees our finished product.
"Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A precious cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed. I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line."
What a precious crimson flow, that sealed you IN CHRIST.
JESUS -THE ONE WHO JUSTIFIES YOU AND GIVES
YOU A RIGHT STANDING BEFORE GOD.
Jesus-the cornerstone to which everything is measured by.
What a precious Rock that we can cling to.
AND THAT MY DEAR FRIEND--IS WORTH CLAIMING HIM AS
Check out 1 Peter 2: 4-10. In that passage you will find that you are a living stone because you are IN CHRIST and you are being built up as a spiritual house that God will use. It is a precious thing for those who believe...but for those who don't believe, they will stumble over the very Rock that you are holding on to.
So the ultimate question of the day... IS CHRIST YOUR CORNERSTONE?
Oh, sweet sister-run the race! Dig into knowing who you are IN Christ and what HE wants your building to look like. There is SO much life to live out there beyond what this world offers.
"...work out your salvation with fear and trembling for it is GOD WHO IS AT WORK IN YOU both to will and to work for His good pleasure." ~Philippians 2:12