One of my favorite worship songs is "Cornerstone" by Hillsong. Here are some of the verses:
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
Weak made strong
In the Saviour's love
Through the storm
He is Lord
Lord of all
Have you ever really thought about this though? What actually is a cornerstone? And why do we call Christ the Cornerstone? Today, I want to share the answers to these question and how Jesus as the Cornerstone can ground your life and center it in God's perfect will for you.
so What is a cornerstone, exactly?
The actual definition of cornerstone is: a stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls. Some synonyms are: foundation, key, center, core, heart.
With that in mind, what would you say is the cornerstone of your life? What comes to your mind first that is truly at the core of your life? What is your foundation? Is it your career? Your family? Your role as a mama? Maybe it's your husband or your marriage. Maybe it's your business.
How to Define Your Cornerstone
For most of my life, dance was my cornerstone. Being a dancer was my foundation; it defined me and formed my identity. Maybe that sounds dramatic to you.
But think of it this way -- what do you spend most of your time doing? What topic, thing, or person is constantly on your mind? What would you feel completely lost without?
That's how dance was for me. I went to dance practice almost daily. And if I wasn't in the studio, I was dancing down the aisles of the store or around our living room. Most of my friends were from dance classes. I was choreographing dance routines to any and every song I heard. See what I mean? Dance was my identity.
Maybe you're beginning to relate. As a mom, your kids are the center of your days. You wake up every morning to care for them (sometimes in the middle of the night!), and they're your focus when they come home from school. Even while they're at school, your thoughts are on them.
Or you're an online entrepreneur whose cornerstone is her business. As soon as you wake up, your main focus is attending to email and serving your clients. You spend your free time planning new content, posting on social media, and dreaming big for the future.
But, I have a challenge for you...
Would things look different if Jesus was your cornerstone?
Trust me when I say this exercise was eye-opening for me, too. Sisters, if your cornerstone is anything but Christ, I want to lovingly call you out on that.
Perhaps you've heard this in church before - any passion we pursue more than God creates an idol in our lives. Seems kind of harsh, right? But the Bible repeatedly condemns idolatry as sin. Can I encourage you to say a prayer of repentance with me right now?
Heavenly Father, I have sinned.
And I am so sorry.
I have been idolizing my ________ (fill in the blank)
instead pursuing you, Lord.
Please forgive me.
Lord, I ask for your help.
Help me to turn my eyes to you first each day.
Show me how to pursue you before anything else.
Lead me and help me to follow.
I love you, Lord.
When Jesus is the Cornerstone of our lives, everything changes. That doesn't mean we have to abandon our favorite activities - I still love to dance (though not as gracefully as I once did!). Your children can still be your priority and so can your online business!
But your foundation, your center, your heart should be in Christ.
Remember the definition of cornerstone? A stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls. Jesus is our Cornerstone because He joins us with God. Among many other things, Jesus is our connection to God.
Jesus as the Cornerstone will change your life.
I know, that sounds insane. But it's true, sisters! There are so many ways that Jesus transforms our lives when we accept him as our Lord and Savior. And then He takes it a step further when we make Him the Cornerstone of our hearts.
1 | He calms our fears.
I've read somewhere that the Bible has the phrase "Do not fear" 365 times, enough for once each day. To me, that affirms God does not want us to be afraid! This is something that is important to God. So he gave us Christ as one to calm our hearts:
See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. Isaiah 28:16
This topic could turn into an entire series of posts (and perhaps it will!), but the important thing to remember is that with Christ as your Cornerstone, you have nothing to fear. He is always with you.
2 | He gives us community.
When Jesus is your Cornerstone and He is also my Cornerstone, we are not only sisters in Christ, but members of His holy household. He brings us together so we can better serve Him.
Ephesisans 2:19-21 explains a bit better. "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together."
We are joined together as the Church, as a body of believers. So we have someone to walk with us through the hard times. We have someone to pray for us. We have someone to encourage us in our daily walk with the Lord. It is my hope that Cultivate Grace becomes part of your spiritual community!
3 | He gives us purpose.
Because Jesus is the Cornerstone and the bridge that connects us to God, we are given opportunities to serve in His name. Here's what I mean by that:
As you come to him, the living Stone -- rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him -- you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood. 1 Peter 2:4-5
Becoming a holy priesthood is quite an honor. In biblical times, that meant you had a greater purpose in serving the Church. To us, it means we are each given a purpose in the kingdom of God.
Our individual callings are unique, just like God created each of us uniquely. Some may be called to be missionaries, while others may be called to serve God as mothers. Some may be called to become pastors, while others are called to serve as school teachers.
What's important to understand is that with Christ at the center of our hearts, we can have purpose in serving the kingdom of God.
Making Christ the Cornerstone of your life truly will ground you and bring you to the center of God's perfect will. This week's Simplicity Challenge is a quick action step that will only take you about 5 minutes!
Grab a scrap piece of paper and draw two columns. On the left side, list your daily activities that surround your current cornerstone, whether that's your kids, your business, your career, or something else. On the right side across from each activity you listed, write what you would be doing if Christ were your Cornerstone instead.
Here's an example:
See? Mine is literally on the back of an envelope! It doesn't have to be pretty. What matters is that you'll begin to see how Christ as your Cornerstone actually guides and directs the other passions in your life. By centering your heart on Jesus, your calling will become more clear and your passions will better align with God's purpose.
In His grace,