Yeshua says: Show me the stone
the builders have rejected.
It is the cornerstone.

(Matthew 22:42,43; I Corinthians 3:11-17; I Peter 2:4,7)

I do not want to be one of these “builders” who have been unable to discern that which is of true value and so “have rejected… the cornerstone.”

They have lost sight of that which is essential. They have overlooked the vital element that is the one necessary component that has the power to impart stability and strength to the entire building.

Without a “cornerstone” the building of my life is shaky and insecure. Without the “cornerstone” in place, I spend my energies frantically running about trying to shore up the uncertain structure of my life. I sense that my building is beginning to tip; cracks are appearing in the walls and the foundation. I work harder and harder in a vain attempt to make the building feel safe. The effort to make secure a building that lacks a cornerstone is utterly draining.

My work is futile until I recognize that the indispensable ingredient in the structure of my life is missing. I have “rejected… the cornerstone.”

The writer of the Letter to the Ephesians wrote,

you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. (Ephesians 2:19,20)

To say that “Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone” is to say that the foundation of life is the goodness, beauty and truth that were all embodied in the person of Jesus. In Jesus I see all that is essential to construct a strong and steady building.

Jesus said, the greatest commandment is

You shall love…

He went on to say that, on this commandment

hangs all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:36-40)

Love is the cornerstone. Love is the bedrock, the foundation upon which a truly human building can be erected. If I do not begin with a solid foundation, I will never inhabit a secure building.

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Today I will watch for the “cornerstone” and will seek to cooperate with the power of love wherever I discern that it is at work.

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