Life. One might say it’s a balancing act. We are all trying to balance a litany of things from jobs, to relationships, to education, to time spent with friends and family. And sometimes it seems like there is not enough time and energy to balance it all. So how do we find true balance in life? By placing Jesus at the center. By seeing Jesus as our cornerstone.
Right now in my life, I am busy. I have two part time jobs that come with a lot of responsibility both at work and outside of work hours. On top of juggling those two things, I have just begun a relationship and all the joys but also stresses and time commitments that come with that.
And recently, even though for awhile I had balance in my life, things have gotten out of balance, so much so that I started growing uneasy about my relationship with my girlfriend and apathetic towards life. I had to take a step back and really see what in the world was going on. And what God revealed to me through His grace and faithfulness was this: that only He can be the cornerstone of my life.
19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. – Ephesians 2:19-22
When the church of Ephesus began, many of its members were former Gentile pagans. They had long been strangers and foreigners to the promises of God and His people. But now in Christ Jesus these men, women, and children were brought near by His blood (Eph. 2:13). And this would change things.
We see this change in their identity: from foreigners and strangers to citizens and saints. There was also a change in position. They were now members of the household of God. Pretty awesome stuff!
The most important thing though wasn’t their identity or their position, it was the foundation that those things were built upon. The foundation had a tier system. The very foundation was carried out physically by the apostles and the prophets, but these apostles and prophets would not have had a leg to stand on on their own. They needed to be rooted in a foundation so that they might speak with boldness and power. And this very foundation was/is Jesus.
Jesus in this passage is described as the cornerstone. Now the cornerstone from an architectural point of view is the very first thing that is laid to begin the process of building. Without it, the foundation would not exist, or be strong enough to withstand anything. And you can’t just put anything as the cornerstone. It needs to last and be strong.
Jesus is the epitome of this understanding. In Colossians 1, Jesus is described as preeminent. In Hebrews, Jesus is proclaimed at the Great High priest. And here we see in this passage Jesus’s role as the cornerstone: he joins and holds the structure of the family of believers together.
The Ephesians believers crash course on Christianity began with this thought: Jesus is the one and only cornerstone. He is the only one who can bring things together, hold them together, and give them true life. This was was their foundation and this needs to be a reminder to us as well.
As I was recently reminded of in my life, when you remove Christ from the cornerstone of your life, things fall apart. They don’t work and you will be reminded constantly of your shortcomings. Nothing can fit the bill outside of Christ. Not a relationship, a job, a family, friends, hobbies, or religion. They will all fail you and leave empty when you try to audition them for the role of cornerstone. But if you put Christ in His rightful place, the place that He paid for with His blood to be in, then things work. They work how they were created to work.
So my question to you is, what is the cornerstone of your life right now? Or better yet, who? What is sustaining you and giving you strength? Is it Christ or not? If not, it won’t be much longer until the thing sustaining you runs out of excitement. But if Christ is in his rightful place, rejoice, for their is no one more capable and loving to be that in your life!
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