Lately the Lord has been speaking to me with construction metaphors: foundations, stones, pillars, blueprints.
As a recovering performance addict, this kind of thing can get me excited. Yes God! Give me the blueprints, and I will build it. I will make sure I give it the proper amount of time and attention (no sloppy work here!). I will do the needed groundwork so the foundation is firm. And of course, I will make Jesus the cornerstone of my foundation!
The subtle nuances between bondage and freedom amaze me.
In the middle of my grand plans (and building anxiety), the Father gently pulled me close to show me something. He opened up His word to 1 Peter 2 and tenderly blew my grand plans apart.
1 Peter 2:4-5
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 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.
Yes, Jesus is the stone rejected by men but chosen and precious to the Father. Yes, Jesus is the cornerstone. But I am not the builder. I am a stone. I am not a brick– not uniform and interchangeable. I am a living stone, uniquely fit for just the right place in a strong and lasting structure.
And, I am being built up as a spiritual house- passive voice.
So once again, I place my self-reliance upon the cross. I submit to the Master Builder and yield to His placement of me in what He alone is constructing. Jesus as the cornerstone and I as one of His distinct living stones.
How about you? Are you working to build something glorious for God, with Jesus as your cornerstone?
Or are you crucifying self-reliance, embracing your place as a living stone in what the Father is building?