Killdeer atop Killdeer: Appreciating Help from Others
Dr. James J. S. Johnson
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. (Ephesians 2:20)
As you strive for a “higher” place in life (whether that be a little higher, or a lot higher, than where you started form) — and when you think about your own achievements — don’t forget to appreciate those who helped you to rise higher. Whose shoulders are you standing on? Whose help should you be appreciative of?
If you are a Christian, this surely applies to your faith’s foundation: the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the unique cornerstone of our faith; His apostles and prophets (such as the holy men who wrote the books of the New Testament) provide the theological and historical foundation for our faith, connecting it to the Old Testament (John 5:44-47).
So whatever accomplishment we may ever have, as Christians, we are relying upon — and benefiting from — the firm foundation providentially given to us, i.e., what the prophet Jude calls the “once-delivered-unto-the-saints faith” (Jude 1:3).
That’s what I see, from where I’m perched — there are many who have helped me, according to God’s many and good providences along the years!