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Throw in The Cross

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26 (NKJV)

In the Old Testament we can see a story of the Israelites traveling across the desert.  They were tired and thirsty when they came to a pool of water, only to find it bitter and undrinkable (Ex. 15:23-24).  The very thing they had sought after to sustain their life became poison to them—it wasn’t what it appeared to be.  Instead of seeking God for His help the people simply chose to become bitter like the water.  But Moses knew exactly what he must do, and so he sought the Lord. 

When I think of this story I can draw a parallel to how there are many who seek after the things of this world, thinking these things are what they need to live. Instead of pursuing the things of God, they find themselves pursuing others things—things such as homes, careers, relationships, alcohol, drugs, and just about anything else they think will bring them happiness, contentment, fulfillment, or some sort of peace of mind.  Unfortunately, the things of this world can never meet our needs—only a relationship with Jesus can do that.   

God answered Moses’ prayer by showing him a piece of wood that would change all of their grumbling and transform the bitter water into something sweet.  God had taken what was no good, unusable and worthless, and He redeemed it. And the people were given living water, and their hope was restored.  In an instant they were given true living water.  They were transformed from being hopeless and in despair, to having great faith and a promise for a blessed life from God (Ex. 15:25-26).

In the New Testament we can see this very same thing happening again – this time God was offering the Living Water and eternal life to us. 

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water…but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:10,14 NKJV

God provided a piece of wood to transform the water, and subsequently, the lives of the Israelites.   And He has done the same for each and every one of us today, by sending Jesus to die upon that special piece of wood.  The cross wasn’t special because of it’s construction, or because of the type of wood it was—it was special because of what was done upon it, and what it represents to us today.  We don’t worship the cross—we worship Jesus!

Hear me in this—regardless of what we may have done yesterday, and regardless of how much bitterness we may have brought upon ourselves, or others, we can choose today to throw in the cross—we can accept what Jesus has done on behalf of our sin, and accept His forgiveness.  We can choose to truly worship Jesus by being committed to living in a way that brings honor and glory to Him.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NKJV

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 4:10, 14 what kind of water does Jesus give us, and what does it provide within us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to throw the cross of Calvary into every area in your life where there is bitterness and a lack of peace?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Appropriate what Jesus did on the Cross of Calvary to your life, and live eternally.  Allow God to transform any bitterness in your life into sweet fellowship.  

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for providing the wood responsible for transforming my life from a pool of bitterness and death into a living fountain of eternal life.  I praise You and I thank You for all provision and sacrifice You have made for me.  Father, continue to transform me to be like Jesus.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott




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