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STANDING ON THE SOLID ROCK
"KEEP OFF ROCKS" said the sign. It referred to a sloping embankment of irregularly-shaped, slippery rocks leading to the waters of the marina below. The acceptable and safe way was to stay off the rocks and take a ramp leading to the docked boats. So it is with our spiritual life, except instead of keeping off Jesus, our Rock, we learn to trust and stay on Him.
As I looked at those rocks in the marina, I was reminded of two songs we've enjoyed in church. One is "The Solid Rock", a 19th century hymn by Edward Mote. I began singing its refrain:
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand."
I stand on You alone..."
Webster's Dictionary defines "cornerstone" as "A stone forming a part of a corner or angle in a wall...hence, something of fundamental importance." It is the foundation upon which the entire building squarely begins and rests. The Apostle Paul speaks to us today:
We need to make sure our temple is ready, beginning with Christ, our Cornerstone. Hear what the Apostle Peter says under the anointing of the Holy Spirit:
Jesus Himself prepared His disciples by clearly explaining the bedrock significance of His messages:
We are being built as a spiritual house with Jesus Christ our firm foundation, precious Cornerstone, and the spiritual rock we can trust to stand on. Keep off slippery rocks, yes, but stay on The Rock!
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