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The Chief Cornerstone

Sunday - February 13th

Scripture to Read Today: Ephesians 2:11-22


Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

Ephesians 2:20

Lesli and I have been in the middle of some construction at our house for several months now. We had a few updates that needed to be done. Our bathrooms had carpeting with a pad underneath. That is not a good thing. We have also added a couple of hundred square feet to create a "granny flat." My in-laws live back east, and they have no other family near them. So, we are making space for them to move in with us and have an area (a bedroom, sitting room, and bath) of their own within our house.

Remodeling and adding a small addition stir much more dust and disruption than you imagine entering the process. It has not been bad. But the dust and disruption keep you on your toes. We are glad we are doing it and look forward to having her parents with us. But, every day is a new adventure at our house as we receive various builders and sub-contractors.

Construction today is radically different than construction in the ancient world. Our understanding of the science and engineering around creating safe, solid, and sustainable buildings has grown exponentially in the last two hundred years. Most ancient buildings of any size or scope had a cornerstone. A large, critical stone was placed strategically so that the whole structure aligned, rested on, and held together because of that cornerstone. I have not heard any worker suggest we have or need a cornerstone in our house remodeling and construction. They are just not required in most construction projects anymore.

When the Apostle Paul describes our being a part of the household of God, he uses construction imagery of a cornerstone and foundation. He told the Ephesian church that we are part of a house that God has built. It is His house. He sent Jesus to establish it with His sacrifice on the cross. When we put our faith in Christ, we join this house God has constructed. It is a living house made up of those He has redeemed to Himself. The cornerstone upon which the whole house of God is aligned, rests, and is constructed is Jesus.

If a building rests on a chief cornerstone, nothing of nature's elements can move the building. Winds and waves can bash against it. Storms can seem to overwhelm it. A structure established and built on a cornerstone cannot be moved.

God's house of His family is "built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone" (Ephesians 2:20). Jesus serves in this role for the church as a whole and our lives individually. No matter what we experience or face, we are settled on the rock - Jesus Christ. Nothing can move us off that rock. Nothing can destroy what God has built in us and for us.

As storms batter the house of your life, remember nothing can remove you from the Chief Cornerstone!


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