Believers as Living Stones

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?

1 Corinthians 3:16


The Holy Spirit builds believers into “spiritual houses.” We are changed from “glory to glory,” becoming more like Christ as we yield to the building process. When our house was being built for my family, I watched as the foundation was laid. The workmen took special care as they lay the first cement blocks. After the foundation was in place, the rest of the house went up rather quickly. We need to follow the example of the workmen and take special care to lay the proper foundation for our “spiritual houses,” beginning with Jesus Christ as the Cornerstone. I heard about a company that specializes in rebuilding foundations by first locating the problem and then fixing it. I began to think about what it would take to rebuild the foundation of my present home. It would be an enormous task in both cost and time.

But the Lord waits patiently to repair the cracks in the foundation of our spiritual lives as we yield to Him as the master builder. It can be an enormous costly and timely job, but Jesus has paid the price and given up His very life so that He can become our spiritual foundation. Paul writes to the church in Corinth describing the building process: For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood or straw or hay, his work will be shown for what it is. (I Corinthian 3:11-13)

On what are you building your spiritual foundation? There will come a day when your foundation will be tested. Until that day, allow the Lord to do the building and repair where there is damage in your spiritual life.

The Lord is the master builder and He is building a place where He can dwell within you. Do you have a godly foundation? If so, allow the Lord to continue building the house. If your foundation is faulty, ask Him today to tear it down and build up His foundation in you so that your “spiritual house” will be able to withstand any storm.


Heavenly Father,

I offer You my life, to build a place in which You can dwell. I know I have crowded You out of my life in many ways, but now I want You to have first place in my life. Destroy those things in my life that have caused me to build on a foundation other than You. Take Your rightful place on the throne of my life as the Cornerstone.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

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