Cornerstone: What’s Yours Made of?

Is Your Foundation’s Cornerstone Secure?

And the House on the sand went SPLAT!Does your foundation have a cornerstone? The cornerstone also known as the foundation stone is the first stone set in the necessary construction of a masonry foundation. This stone holds great importance because all the other stones sit in reference to this first stone and so the entire structure’s stability position depends upon the correct placement of the cornerstone. As we move into the Easter Season with the disciples in the days after Christ’s resurrection we find Jesus setting the cornerstone in the structure of the future church. This wise building method will serve them well in the future. For a structure’s long lasting stability always depends upon how the foundation is laid.

Do you remember the story about the wise man and the foolish man? The parable told by Jesus in Matthew 7:24 – 27 is also a children’s song that many learn and remember because of its catchy tune and repeating lyrics. It is one however that no matter our age we should not forget because of the great importance of its meaning. The scripture verses which the song echoes explain the most necessary need of building a solid and firm foundation. Maybe you too remember learning the poem of the song. 

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

The wise man built his house upon the rock; The wise man built his house upon the rock; The wise man built his house upon the rock; And the rain came tumbling down.

Oh, the rain came down; And the floods came up; The rain came down; And the floods came up; The rain came down; And the floods came up; And the wise man’s house stood firm.

The foolish man built his house upon the sand; The foolish man built his house upon the sand; The foolish man built his house upon the sand; And the rain came tumbling down.

Oh, the rain came down, And the floods came up; The rain came down; And the floods came up; The rain came down; And the floods came up; And the foolish man’s house went “splat!” [clap hands once]

So, build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ; Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ; Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ; And the blessings will come down, 

Oh, the blessings come down; As your prayers go up; The blessings come down; As your prayers go up; The blessings come down; As your prayer go up; So build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Did you find yourself humming along in your head as you read the words? There are many hymns written over the years that emphasize the great and necessary importance of a strong foundation. Jesus also knew that in the days following His resurrection that it was important that the disciples understand clearly what He had taught them over the last three years. Christ is the cornerstone of the church as He clearly sets Himself in place to bind the walls of the Jews and non-Jews together. There are many references, at least six, to Christ being the cornerstone of the church in both the Old and New Testaments which should alert us that it is important.

The focus scripture this week points this out as Peter speaks to the council of the Jewish rulers, elders, and teachers of religious law in Jerusalem. Jesus is the cornerstone of the church and even though rejected this does not change His status. He is the solid foundation of all things that are and that are to come. He unites all believers and holds them together just as the cornerstone of a building holds the two walls in place. For without Christ the church wouldn’t be able to stand.

In addition to the church, we, individually must have and hold Christ as our solid foundation. This is what will hold us together when the rains come down and the floods come up. It is important though that we make sure that Christ sits as the true cornerstone and not just for looks. Over the years, modern practices of construction have allowed the cornerstone to become a ceremonial masonry stone set out in a prominent location on the outside of a building just for show. This type of cornerstone holds nothing together and if the real foundation of the building had to depend upon it, the building would go ”splat” when the rains came down and floods came up.

True cornerstones are the first of the foundation stones. This is the stone that sets the tone and strength of the walls that bind to it.  Our lives must also have a true cornerstone and that is the living cornerstone of Christ. Decorative cornerstones serve no real purpose which become evident in the storms. For like a true cornerstone, without Him our walls will not be straight, our lives will be unstable, and in constant danger of collapse when the storms of life come about.

For Jesus is the one referred to in the scriptures where it says, ”The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” Acts 4:11 (NLT)

The Possibility of Shifting Sand Requires a Solid Cornerstone

Do you feel that your life is sometimes sitting on shifting sands? Do you need a solid foundation? Unfortunately, the lessons of life often create a rebuilding process because the life building has collapsed due to a weak or nonexistent foundation cornerstone. There is only one life cornerstone that enables you to stand the storms, stay strong, and battle the winds and that is setting Christ as the foundation. Christ in your life sets you upon solid ground which is why it is important to put your trust and faith completely in Him.

F. B. Meyer, author, contemporary, and friend of evangelist D.L. Moody wrote about two Germans who wanted to climb the Matterhorn. They hired three guides and began their ascent at the steepest part. The men roped themselves together in this order: guide, traveler, guide, traveler, guide. The group had not gone very far when the last man lost his footing. He was held up only temporarily by the other four because they each had a toehold in the niches they had cut in the ice. But then the next man slipped pulling the two above him down. The only one to stand firm was the first guide who had driven a spike deep into the ice. It was only because of this that the other men were able to regain their footing.

As you look to your foundation make sure you have secured yourself deep in Christ making Him your living cornerstone. For as Meyer pointed out ”I am like one of those men who slipped, but thank God, I am bound in a living partnership to Christ. And because He stands, I will never perish.”

Challenging yourself to give up control and depend on Christ is the only wise move you can make. For without Christ as your living cornerstone and firm foundation the only thing left is a shaky one at best. It is this that should motivate you to set a solid foundation that will always secure you in the storms of life. A solid foundation provides comfort in knowing that Christ is there to hold you together when the rains come down.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Post Script

During initial construction on the Golden Gate Bridge there were no safety devices used and 23 men fell to their deaths. As they neared the end of the project, however, a large net was wisely placed as a safety precaution. At least 10 men fell into it and were safely saved from certain death. More interesting, however, is the fact that 25% more work was swiftly accomplished after the net was wisely installed. This is because the men had the great assurance of their safety, and they were free to wholeheartedly serve the project.

Placing Christ as your foundation secures your safety net in life allowing you to move freely because of the assurance you have in life with Him. Won’t you wholeheartedly allow yourself to freely move forward in your life with Christ as your living cornerstone?

Extra Study

Psalm 118:22, Isaiah 28:16, Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, 1 Peter 2:4,7

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Is your cornerstone set in place with Christ? Do you feel your foundation is solid? Join us in discussion on the freedom and comfort found by placing Christ as the living cornerstone in your life.

 

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