CORNERSTONE

DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR BILL MUIR

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Cornerstone
By: Pastor Bill Muir  
”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
 

Paul says Jesus Christ is the cornerstone. Cornerstones today are just ornamental. But in that day, a cornerstone was a stone that was particularly selected. Here’s what the cornerstone did: All the measurements of the building were taken from the cornerstone.  All the weight of the building rested on the cornerstone. Everything in the building is tied together at the cornerstone.   That makes Jesus pretty crucial in the church. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone. He’s what everything rests on in the church. So you’ve got this picture of this foundation that was laid, of Jesus Christ who was the cornerstone. Then also, Peter talks about you and I are living stones in this remarkable building. There’s the foundation, there’s Jesus. Then God is constructing a building, and you and I are stones, and He’s putting us in place. And every one of us here is one of those stones. You and I, all of us, are a living stone. You may feel like a small pebble or you may feel like a big bolder. The truth is you are a part of God’s significant and eternal plan. You’re a part of God’s building, God’s purpose. Every one of us individually is a part of God’s plan as He works in our lives. Remember, measure yourself with Jesus Christ. Measure yourself by the cornerstone and not the other stones. If you start measuring yourself by the other stones and not measuring back to the cornerstone, we’ll get way off, and the walls will fall over. We’ve always got to measure ourselves by the cornerstone instead of comparing ourselves with ourselves.   All the weight of the building rests upon the cornerstone. Whenever you start feeling like the weight of the church, the weight of the ministry, the weight of all that God has to do and His purposes are resting just on you, something’s wrong. Jesus said, “My burden’s easy. My load’s light.”  The weight rests not on you and I but on Him.  Remember, He’s building something for eternity here. Let the weight rest on Him.

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