When was the last time that you noticed the presence of Christ around you? I mean His real presence, the kind that gives you goosebumps and leaves you with a feeling of awe and of complete peace? Try to remember!
If it's been a while, I challenge you to not only crave it, but to also OPEN YOUR EYES for Jesus is indeed present -- when we notice, and when we don't. But missing Him is a regrettable experience of loss.
So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it
will never be stricken with panic.
At least twice in the New Testament we read of many who missed Christ. They didn't miss Him because they ignored Him, they missed Him because they put their faith in what they could do for God instead of what God could do for them (salvation through faith in Christ).
They missed Him because they were focused on looking and doing right in front of others so they could fit in to their communities and deserve God's goodness.
30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.
What about YOU?
Have you been so busy--for God or otherwise--that you have missed the real presence of Christ?
Have you stepped over or stumbled upon the STONE who is supposed to be your CORNERSTONE?
What about the CHURCH?
Have we gotten so focused on our theology, charity, organization, tradition, property and religion that we have missed the CORNERSTONE?
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!
9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.
11 Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Jesus is where you are.
He can hear your voice.
He knows what's going on inside of you.
Open your eyes. Don't miss Him.
Search your intentions.
And know your salvation is in HIM and HIM alone
May Christ be for you not a stumbling stone. But your Cornerstone!
11 Teach me your way, Lord,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths,
from the realm of the dead.