Cornerstones still matter. After all these years of advancement and centuries of buildings structures, the cornerstone still matters.
Why would that be? Haven’t we learned to design in a way that we can start in any way we choose? Why wouldn’t that be the case? There are so many new tools at our disposal.
We still cannot get away from it. We must have the cornerstone and establish everything we do off of its measurements.
If we started the walls of a structure anywhere we wanted, they would be wonky and the ceilings would hang funny. We will have built it the way we want it, but we will not get what was in the blueprints.
So why are we doing this with THE Cornerstone?
It’s become popular to call ourselves daughters of the King and talk about our royalty, but this often leads to building our palaces without correct measurements and for the wrong nobility.
This might be corrected by going back to our source of measurement.
1 Peter 2;5-9, puts it like this:
“You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
We can notice several things here.
Scripture wants us to understand that any royal position we hold is linked to the Cornerstone.
It’s true that we are royalty, but we are not royal by ourselves. We must center our worth and position on the One who gave us them in the first place.
We will build off-kilter kingdoms if we start to build on our princely rights. Our authority is not a place to start. The daughter of the king has no standing if she is not rooted in the authority of her Father.
We should not separate God’s authority from His foundation.
As the old hymn says, “The kingdom’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord.” The princess could never become princess all on her own. Her standing is always built on a previous ruler.
The Cornerstone will get rejected.
The bad news is that the very thing that gives us our authority has a history and a prophecy of being rejected. It is a firm setting. It doesn’t waver or change. These are excellent qualities in building something, but a hard truth to plant your life on.
The danger is that we think that we have a greater chance of being accepted than our foundation. We think that we can build our own crooked towers and that people will like it better than the hard truth of the gospel.
It is not our job to keep the foundation from being rejected. It is our job to rest soundly on it and build anything from its source and not our own.
The stone will cause stumbling.
I often do not see things in the middle of the night. Try as I might to clear all paths before retiring in the evening, I often overlook things that make me stumble.
Most people do not stumble in the light of day. Even I trip less in the light.
Our Cornerstone will cause those in darkness to trip. This is not to cause harm, but to reveal that He is there.
He has called those of us centered on Him out of darkness, and we stumble less and less as we build ourselves on Him.
Verse nine still reminds us that our royal lineage and priestly standing is still for His own possession.
Lord, help us to despise any kingdom that offers wonky castles, and shaky authority, especially any that are of our own making. Help us set ourselves firmly on the Cornerstone. Amen.