Summer 2024

Daily Devotional: Monday, September 6 - Christ the Cornerstone

“Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” — Ephesians 2:20

Sinkholes scare everyone when the ground sinks suddenly. Houses, buildings and people can go down hundreds of feet in a short period of time. Sometimes, sinkholes are called “swallow holes” because limestone in some places is soft rock underneath the dirt, which is easily dissolved by water over time. Similarly, underground caves can occasionally collapse and everything on top of the ground sinks without warning.

In an unstable world, we need encouragement and solid footing. When Jesus stepped into the world, He saw anxious and troubled people and came to give hope. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

When Jesus spoke to people, He used stories to explain spiritual matters. It grieved Jesus to see people dwelling on unstable foundations, which He described as sinking sand. So, He gave solid truths to sustain people now and forever. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25).

As many people testify, Jesus is the solid rock for peace of mind in this life, as well as in the life to come. Paul and the other apostles identified Jesus as the firm foundation for faith forever. “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” (Ephesians 2:19-20).

— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia

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