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Jesus is our Rock, our living stone, our Cornerstone. There is no other way to build a life that produces fruit except upon Him.
But Jesus is just the first living stone. We are the rest of them.
Day by day, I feel more exposed before my Creator, as He reveals layers of sins and strongholds I must surrender to Him. Without His loving guidance, I would be full of shame, guilt, and condemnation. With Him, I realize this is the process of refinement. It’s His promise, His process in action, to present us holy, as He is holy.
It’s ironic that the church, the holy space where saints gather to worship a glorious Lord, has always simultaneously been the place where the dark symptoms of sin stand in the glaring spotlight to me. But that’s the funny thing about faith—as much as I am tempted to lose hope because of sin, God’s grip on my soul will never let me go.
When you feel small and insignificant, look to the One who eternally holds you in His hands, who numbers even the stars and knows them by name. He knows even the number of hairs on your head, and you are precious to Him.
When our souls are still, the words we speak, the things we do, and the way in which we serve others will be prudent, kind, and full of His beauty.
A good Father would not only let their children experience good things, but a good Father would also let their children go through difficult situations that teach important lessons.
From Genesis to Revelation, the Scriptures enumerate God’s thoughts on the human person — specifically, that they are infinitely valuable as His image-bearers.
(Luke 24:27) is one of my favorite verses because it highlights a fact we often overlook, especially regarding the Old Testament: all the Scriptures point back to Jesus.
When we realize that we are not serving ourselves but instead the Creator of the universe, acting selflessly and loving everyone comes naturally.