By Christ the cornerstone, I want you to imagine waking up each morning with a sense of purpose and direction, that your day is built on a solid foundation – Christ.
Just as a cornerstone provides stability to an entire structure, Christ is the unmovable foundation upon which our identity, purpose, and Christian community rest.
What normally happens is, we often build upon shifting sands, while seeking stability in transient things. Today, I invite you to pause and reflect on what it means to build your life on the unshakable cornerstone – Christ.
Let’s get started!
Key Takeaways to Christ the Cornerstone:
- A prompt to reflect on the foundational role of Christ in our spiritual lives, likening believers to living stones in a divine structure.
Anchor Bible Verse of the Day – Ephesians 2:19-22 (NKJV)
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
In these verses of Ephesians 2:19-22, Paul highlights the transformative reality of our identity in Christ. No longer strangers, we are citizens of God’s household.
The cornerstone, Jesus Christ, is not merely a part of the structure but its foundational and unifying element.
Key Explanations of Christ the Cornerstone:
- Chief Cornerstone: In ancient construction, the chief cornerstone determined the alignment and stability of the entire edifice. Christ, in our spiritual building, plays this central role.
- Dwelling Place of God in the Spirit: The unity of believers creates a sacred space where God’s Spirit resides. Our coming together forms a dwelling place for God.
Reflection on Christ the Cornerstone
Christ as the cornerstone evokes a profound realization of our interconnectedness in this world – if Christ is the cornerstone upon which all Christians are built, then there is this divine connection.
Much like the stones meticulously placed to form a solid structure, believers find purpose and significance in our unity with Christ.
In Psalm 118:22 we read:
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This verse echoes the significance of Christ, often overlooked by worldly standards but fundamental to God’s eternal plan.
Our reflection today centers on recognizing our place in God’s spiritual edifice. We are not arbitrary or insignificant; rather, we are intentionally placed, contributing to the beauty and strength of the whole.
As we reflect on Christ as the cornerstone of our lives, let us consider three implications for our faith and practice.
First, Christ as the cornerstone means that we have a solid foundation for our faith. We do not base our faith on human wisdom or traditions but on the revelation of God in Christ.
We do not rely on our strength or merit but on the grace and power of Christ. He is the rock on which we stand, and nothing can shake us from Him.
For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1Corinthians 3:11 (NKJV)
Second, Christ as the cornerstone means that we have unity. We are not isolated or independent stones, but we are connected and interdependent with one another. We are not divided by race or culture, but we are reconciled and integrated in Christ.
We are not strangers or foreigners, but we are fellow citizens and family members. We are one body in Christ, and He is our head.
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separationEphesians 2:14 (NKJV)
Third, Christ as the cornerstone means that we have a purpose for our lives. We are not aimless or useless stones, but we are purposeful and useful stones.
We are a holy temple in the Lord, where God dwells by His Spirit. We are a living sacrifice to God, where we offer our worship and service to Him.
You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.1 Peter 2:5 (NKJV)
Christ the cornerstone, often hidden yet indispensable, exemplifies Christ’s role in our lives. Although our world may reject His influence, believers are called to embrace Christ as the cornerstone of their faith, recognizing His unique place in their spiritual journey.
Call to Action
- Examine Your Foundations: Identify areas where Christ is the Cornerstone and those where your foundation might need a shift.
- Build Bridges, Not Walls: In your interactions, let Christ be the bridge that connects, unites, and strengthens relationships.
- Pray for Stability: Pray for stability in areas where you’ve sensed spiritual shifting. Invite Christ to be the unchanging cornerstone in every aspect of your life.
Prayer Points for Today:
- Bold Faith in Christ: Ask God for the faith to build your life boldly on the foundation of Christ.
- Unity in Christ: Pray that our lives be intricately fitted together in Christ, creating a unified dwelling place for His Spirit.
- Revelation of Christ’s Role: Pray that God reveals the significance of Christ as the Chief Cornerstone in every aspect of our lives.
Our Father, as we build our lives upon the unmovable foundation of Christ, may we experience the unity and stability He brings. Let every aspect of our lives be a dwelling place for Your Spirit.
In the precious and mighty name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
My prayer for you today: I pray that you embrace your role as a living stone in God’s spiritual structure, finding joy and purpose in your unique place in Christ the cornerstone of our faith.