I saw a bumper sticker that said, “I heart concrete,” causing me to think, “Hmm, that person must work in concrete.”
Concrete is a very versatile product because it can be used for building all kinds of structures, including roads and bridges. In many cases, it’s used as the very foundation for whatever is being built and in some cases, it’s the glue that cements things together. In fact, one particular name-brand glue has the word concrete in its name.
Well, you know me. I use stuff like that for building newspaper articles. So, here goes.
Before we became Christians, we were displeasing to God and separated from him because of our sins (Isaiah 59:1-2). God has laid the foundation upon which we are to build our lives to be pleasing to him (Ephesians 5:8-10).
While anyone can become pleasing to God, like most master builders, He requires that construction begins with the most suitable cornerstone. In the case of our salvation and Christian life, there is only one suitable cornerstone – Jesus Christ (Acts 10:34-35; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11; Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 4:12).
Interestingly, that cornerstone is both constructive and destructive. That is, by his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus tore down a wall that divided humankind based on national and ethnic culture and he built a bridge to make peace among men on earth and peace between man and God (Ephesians 2:11-18; Hebrews 9:1-14; Luke 23:44-4 6; 2:1-8).
The bridge between God and man is part of the road to heaven that is Jesus (Matthew 7:13-14; John 14:6).
Our Christian life can only be built on the elementary teachings of Christ, which includes faith in God, repentance from sin, baptism to wash away the sin, the resurrection (Jesus’ and ours), and that there will be a judgment (Hebrews 6:1-3; John 3:16-18; Luke 13:5; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Romans 6:3-5; 10:8-13; 2 Corinthians 5:10). When we become part of God’s temple – his household, the “building” in which he dwells, by following his teaching, we begin traveling the road Jesus built and we become part of the foundation that presents the truth for others to see and build their lives upon (1 Timothy 3:14-15; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Matthew 7:24-27).
Because other people will build their lives on our foundation, we must be sure to set it only on the foundation of Jesus Christ and his teaching so they won’t be building their lives on shifting sand (1 Corinthians 3:12-13; Romans 15:20; 2 Timothy 2:15-19).
This requires effort on our part and while we’re to strive to be perfect, it doesn’t mean that if we aren’t we’re doomed; if just means that we’re to be real, acknowledging or failures and approaching God for forgiveness rather than continuing to willfully sin (Philippians 2:12-13; Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 1:13-16; 1 John 1:4-10).
Are you building your life on the cornerstone of Jesus Christ? He’s tougher than concrete and causes things to hold together much more solidly than the strongest glue.
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org