Best of Daily Reflections: Solid Guidance in a World of Too Many Choices

Daily Reflection / Produced by The High Calling
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Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Ephesians 2:19-22

Do you ever get overwhelmed by the choices available to you? It's easy for us to take for granted just how many choices we have at our fingertips. When I was growing up, our television could receive about six clear channels. Now? You can have literally hundreds of channels streaming into your home. More significantly, we have more choices about our lifestyles, our careers, our locations, our relationships than people had for centuries. Even if it seems like your choices are limited, you almost surely have more options than someone living a hundred years ago, or even fifty years ago.

Yes, having such a wide array of choices can be a blessing. But it can also be a curse. We can feel inundated by our options, unsure of which direction to go in our lives. Some people are so overwhelmed that they cannot even move forward at all. While others make choices that they soon regret.

As Christians, we have access to a supernatural guidance system, if you will. God guides us in a wide variety of ways. The Bible teaches us. The Holy Spirit leads us. The community of God's people discerns with us. Moreover, Jesus Christ can be the cornerstone of our lives, that which orients and supports everything we do.

A literal cornerstone is the first piece of a new building that is put into place. Yes, the cornerstone helps to bear some of the weight of the edifice. But, more importantly, it determines the precise location and orientation of the building. Thus, in a sense, the cornerstone not only provides guidance, but also it limits the options of the builder.

If Jesus Christ is your cornerstone, then many of the choices that can confuse your life are removed from the range of possibilities. You will not, for example, have to spend much time worrying about whether or not to get revenge on a colleague. You won't have to consider whether it might be good to have an affair with a friend's wife. You won't have to choose a life of conspicuous consumption in order to convince yourself that you matter. I'm not suggesting that having Christ as your cornerstone makes everything easy, not at all. There are still plenty of difficult choices in life. But building your life upon Jesus and orienting your life in the direction of his kingdom allows you to live with greater freedom, confidence, and significance.

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER REFLECTION: Would you say that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of your whole life, including your family, your work, your community, your friendships, your church? What other "cornerstones" compete with Jesus for that role? What does it mean to you to order your life around Jesus?

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank you for being the cornerstone of the church. Thank you for anchoring your people, for guiding and supporting us. Help me, I pray, to make you the cornerstone of my life. May I continually rely on you for direction and support. May I give you pride of place among all the values and commitments of my life, so that you determine everything else. Amen.

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