Jesus told a parable about two men who built their homes on very different foundations, with very different results in the end. It is exceedingly important to have our lives built on an unshakeable foundation, so that when life buffets us (and it will), we may lose a shingle or two, but we will stand firm through the storm.
Scripture uses a lot of building terms to describe the Christian life, including our life as the Church, and Christ’s role with His people. He is called the Rock, the firm foundation, a fortress, and the Cornerstone. All of these images reinforce our understanding of His strength, reliability, and key role for security in our lives. When you read this, does your mind go back to specific times in your life when you experienced Him as such?
In ancient building practices the cornerstone was the first one laid. It had to be carefully constructed and precisely laid because all the other stones in the building would be affected by this stone. If it was crooked, the walls coming out from it would not be square. If it was not level, the walls would lean and maybe collapse. Great care was taken with this essential element of the building.
Of course we see how it relates to Jesus, in that He is perfect in every way to be the Cornerstone of our Church and of our lives, but it is equally important that we, as the other stones in this building being fitted together, align ourselves correctly with Him. If the Cornerstone is perfect, but care is not taken that the remaining stones orient themselves to Him, the building will not have integrity, as well. Therefore, it is vital that we see Christ correctly (through correct doctrine), and yield ourselves to His orientation through obedience in our lives, if we would have a Church and a life that is rock solid and unshakeable.
Scriptures warn us that it is possible to reject the Cornerstone, to our destruction. It is possible to trip over Him and find Him a stumbling stone rather than the key Stone in our lives, our anchor, our foundation, our security (see Acts 4:11; 1 Peter 2:4,8; Mark 12:10; Psalm 118:22). Sadly, more will reject Him than receive Him.
But for those who see Him as the Cornerstone of their lives, keep that before their eyes, and orient their lives to that truth, there are many precious promises. The prophet Isaiah puts it beautifully, “So this is what the sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed. I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line’” (Isaiah 28:16–17). Peter echoes this verse when he says, “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,” (1 Peter 2:6).
We can rest assured for our Cornerstone was chosen, tested in every way and found true. His living presence makes our foundation sure and unshakeable. We can be certain that as we trust in Him and align ourselves to Him we will never be dismayed. He is so precious in the eyes of His Father, and should become ever more precious to us as we grow to know Him and understand what He has done for us. Take some time and think through these lyrics, applying them to times in your life when He has been that Cornerstone to you, and resting in the trust that He will be in the future. These truths are certainly something for which to sing His praises!