Read Mark 12:1-12
What is your heritage? What exactly goes into making you, well, you? To know our heritage, maybe we should first understand what that word means. Webster defines heritage as, “a condition, lot, or portion acquired by being born.” So, it would be safe to say that our heritage has a lot to do with those who have gone before us. Good or bad, we tend to look to the past to find our bearings for the future.
Recently, I was looking through some old pictures of people on my husband's side of the family. In one of the photos is Roy Mainse, the father of David Mainse and the grandfather of my husband, Ron. Roy Mainse was a mighty man of God, spending several years of his adult life as a missionary in Egypt, leading a documented several hundred people into a personal relationship with Jesus. He was a teacher, a pastor, a spiritual leader, and a wonderful pillar in my husband's (and my children's) heritage. But does a Godly heritage ensure a Godly future?
If Webster says we acquire our heritage at birth, then why would Jesus say to Nicodemus that to have eternal life he must be born again? Because even though having a Godly heritage is inspiring, it means nothing when I stand alone before God. At that moment, God will not look at who is behind me, but Who is below me. Who is my foundation? And as we read in Mark chapter 12, we find Jesus talking about the exact same thing.
As He was speaking with some of the elite religious leaders of His day, Jesus began sharing stories to illustrate His divinity. And, well, it wasn’t going over very well. Jesus said...
Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous to see. Mark 12:10, 11
While this may seem like an obscure statement to us, to His listeners, it was an obvious reference to Jesus, Himself. The rejected stone, Jesus, had become the cornerstone. Since we’re going to Mr. Webster for definitions, let's find out the meaning of “cornerstone.” Webster defines it as, “a stone, often inscribed, at a corner of a building; the foundational groundwork.” Now, that's interesting. Jesus, speaking to many of the religious “brains” of His day, referred to Himself as their belief system's foundation. And now we’re getting to the heart of the matter.
In any building, you can’t go deeper than its foundation. And so it is with our lives. When looking at the infrastructure of a Godly heritage, we must go past our “halls of ancestors,” digging even deeper than our skeleton-filled basements. We must discover, for ourselves, our own personal foundation. What is my life based upon? For if it is anything other than God, Himself, the structure of my life is built in vain.
What is your foundation? Who is your life built upon? Your family? Yourself? Jesus said it. He is the only true “foundational groundwork” that will last. The only One in all of eternity you can trust.
As you build your life on Him, He will not let you down.