TODAY’S READING: Ephesians 2:20-2
“Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” EPH 2:20
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous pieces of architecture in Europe but for all the wrong reasons! Construction started on the tower in 1173 and amazingly concluded 226 years later. The construction was hindered by wars, debt and while engineers figured out how to prevent the tower from leaning. Even in the 13th century, when only three of its eight stories were built, it had already started that famous lean it is known for today. Originally built at 60 metres tall, it is now 56.67 metres at the highest point and 55.86 metres at the lowest point and leaning at about 3.99 degrees, far off the perfect angle and height it was designed to be.
Where has the construction of this tower gone so wrong? It was designed by famous architects of the time; constructed with fine resources by skilled engineers and builders. The key problem actually lies below the surface in the very foundations of the structure! They were laid on top of soft ground consisting of clay, fine sand and shells and it is commonly believed that the tower would have collapsed upon completion had it not been for the 226 years it took to build which compressed the soil and gave it some form of stability.
From this, we must conclude that foundations are important in all construction. We also must conclude that what foundations we build our lives upon has a significant effect on our life and faith. We are encouraged in the final verses of Ephesians chapter two, to allow our faith to be, “built upon the foundations of the apostles and prophets, Christ himself being the cornerstone”. This simple exhortation contains vital and key truth. The image of a cornerstone bears little significance in our lives today but at the time of writing, every new building would have had a cornerstone; a perfectly shaped rock, angled and set at the corner of the building to direct the angle and connection of the two adjacent walls coming together. Without the correct angle and foundations, the buildings would simply crumble and not last the test of time.
This is the same story for our faith; it should be built upon what we see and know in the character of Jesus.
Daily, we should look to live as Jesus lived, following His example and not deviating from His footsteps. As we do this, we reflect Christ to the world and we are, “built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (v22). We should make great effort in searching the scriptures, learning about Jesus and basing every area of our lives upon who He was and How he taught us to live. It is vital to build our life upon correct foundations otherwise our natural, fleshly tendencies will have us leaning away just like the Tower of Pisa and eventually, falling away completely from our faith.
As we conclude Ephesians chapter two today, we can reflect on the rich truths discovered in this passage - how we have been brought from death to life; been newly shaped in His purposes; become receivers of the good news of peace and brought into God’s family. Despite all this, there is a sense that we must keep looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith to shape our lives, and choose to build our life upon Him, our cornerstone. May this be your life-long goal and challenge.
Lord, I pray that everything I do will be built upon you, the cornerstone and strong foundation of my life.
• Read Ephesians 2: 20-22
• Bring before God today, every area of your life and ask Him if you are building correctly.
• Why not seek-out a trusted friend today and ask if they see any area of your life which isn’t currently reflecting the character of Jesus.