Mark Chapter 12
In Mark 12:10, the familiar verse from the Psalms about the cornerstone is repeated. In the time of Jesus, skilled stonemasons would begin building houses and other structures off of the corner stone. It was what kept everything else lined up and on track with the building plan. If a builder rejected this stone, the house they built without it would be unstable and eventually fall down. The house doesn’t stand without the cornerstone.
Later in Mark 12, a teacher of the law who is well-versed in scripture answers Jesus wisely. However, his wisdom does not equal his salvation. He has knowledge and his heart is in the right place, but without acknowledging Jesus as Messiah, the house he’s building is going to fall.
As Christians, we can know the scriptures cover to cover, serve the poor, pray daily, and follow all of the commandments, but if we don’t accept the cornerstone, we’re headed for failure.
God looks at the heart… how’s yours? Try starting with Jesus and letting your love and service flow from there, rather than trying to behave your way into the favor of God. The only durable foundation is Jesus Christ.