Ask anyone why family is important and you will get various answers, but you will not get many arguments that the statement is untrue. We value our roots and stand up for our family – so often when they don’t deserve it – because our sense of belonging within a community is so important. To be grounded in community is a foundational understanding of human beings.
This is why Paul, when speaking to the Ephesians uses a household and the home as a metaphor for God’s kingdom on earth. Paul confidently reminds them that they are no longer
“strangers and sojourners, but fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, [with] Christ Jesus himself as capstone” Ephesians 2:19.
He gives them a sense of peace through a sense of place.
He invites them out of their isolation (as “strangers”) and into the community of God in which God is the capstone (cornerstone).
He invites the Ephesians into God’s family.
That is an incredible invitation. We, too, are called to do the same and invite others into this family of the Church in which they already belong. But, before we do that, we must check ourselves and make sure we are residing in the House of the Lord ourselves.
Is He your cornerstone?
Is He your foundation?
Today, ask Jesus to bring to light the areas of your life where you are not allowing Him to be the cornerstone. Ask Him to give you a spirit of courage and trust to allow Him to be your foundation.