My husband attended Rift Valley Academy (RVA) on the edge of the Great Rift Valley outside Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. One of the legends that I quickly learned about RVA was that the cornerstone of the main building was laid and engraved by President Theodore Roosevelt on a hunting safari in 1909. This cornerstone identified the beginning of the school and indicated its importance. Often time capsules are embedded in a cornerstone so that future generations can see proof of what life was like at the time of the forming of the building.
Merriam-Webster defines cornerstone as:
1: a stone forming a part of a corner or angle in a wall specifically : such a stone laid at a formal ceremony
2: a basic element: foundation
I have also heard the cornerstone described as the center stone in an arch that keeps the tension and the whole thing together.
Peter reminds us using the words of the prophet Isaiah that Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith. He is the foundation and identifies us as his followers. We are the “living rocks” built around the “cornerstone”. Peter says not all people want to be part of that building and reject Jesus and then stumble. Perhaps stumbling is like James talking about Christians who doubt so then become confused, being tossed about like a wave in the ocean. We stumble when we forget our foundations, when we focus on other things that promise us security or protection or wealth or fame. Likewise Jesus is foundational to wisdom and so trusting, believing and obeying the cornerstone is crucial.
Our challenge today is to ponder how Jesus is our cornerstone to build our lives on. How is he foundational? Faith is not like saying the Pledge of Allegiance or being able to identify the “day we accepted Jesus.” Faith is a living, growing relationship and so we are “living stones” being built into a building identified and held together by our cornerstone, Jesus. Spend a moment and pray, thanking God for the foundation he provides in your life and how he holds you together. Perhaps thank him for the other stones that form the spiritual building. I love 1 Peter 2:10
“Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God, once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” Thank you Lord for choosing me to be a living stone in the your building!