So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22
I am not an architect nor am I a construction expert, but I do know a few things about houses. I know that houses are expensive, they take a good bit of time and energy to keep them looking great and, most importantly, you do not build a house by building a roof.
The only way a structure can stand is with a foundation. We cannot even begin to think about what a finished product could look like unless we put in the work to see what the foundation is going to be able to withstand. Most of the time when houses begin to truly experience damage, it is as a result of structural pieces taking on damage.
The way we build our faith is similar to the way a house is built. We often believe spiritual maturity happens in what we do. We tend to jump into small groups, listen to sermons, spend time in the Bible, worship and prayer. We do these activities as a way to build ourselves into a structure which will endure this life. But these actions are not the end all be all. In fact, these actions do not truly bring about growth unless we have a foundation in Christ.
If we default to these actions without Jesus as the foundation, then they are just decorations to our spiritual life. They make us appear to have a strong house, yet when the waves and storm of life come through it, it beats the house down. Without a strong foundation centered on Jesus, life will definitely wear down our houses.
Thankfully, we do not have to build a spiritual house out of the blue without any help. The first suggestion Paul writes about in these verses involves surrounding ourselves with people who live their life with Jesus as their foundation. We should be able to glance around and see how they have paved a way for us. They can give us wisdom and encouragement while challenging us on what it looks like to reflect Christ in our words and actions.
The second and most important help is remembering Jesus serves as our cornerstone. I love the way these verses do not simply reveal how crucial Jesus is to us, but how He alone is the necessity to our foundation. He is the only foundation which can carry the weight of our hope. He is the glue which holds our lives together, and even holds the lives of all His children together in unity.
Ultimately, these verses point us back to the undeserved intimacy we have in Christ. Unlike the days of the Old Covenant where God’s presence was only truly attainable in a special room in the temple, because of Jesus, we are now able to be built into a temple where the spirit of God can dwell forever. We do not have to worry about going to a place to experience God’s presence, but instead we get to take it with us everywhere we go in life.
A familiar song called Cornerstone reminds us, “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus name.” I love these words because they sum up these verses so well. There is no other foundation in this life we can depend on. All of our hope, all of our needs, all of our mistakes, and all of who we are can only be supported by Christ. We can surely trust Jesus to be our steady and sure foundation, who is never shaken.
What have you been building your life on? Has it been a sure foundation for the weight of all we go through in life?
If Jesus is truly the cornerstone Paul is talking about, what would it look like to trust Him as your foundation?
Father, thank you for being so constant and sure. I am grateful I am not having to put my life on something that will shake and fall. Rather, I am putting my life on the strongest foundation of all, You. I pray I continue to learn what it looks like to trust in Your name and build my life upon Your love. I love you Papa, and pray in Your holy name, Amen.
PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.