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Throw In The Cross and Live
9/8/2011

Throw in The Cross and Live

"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 see a story of the Israelites traveling across the desert - tired and thirsty they come to a pool of water only to find it bitter and undrinkable (Ex. 15:23-25).  The very thing they had sought after for life became poison to them it wasn't what it appeared to be.  Instead of seeking God the people became bitter like the water, but Moses knew what he must do and he sought the Lord.  

When I think of this story I can draw a parallel to how we can seek so many things in this world instead of a relationship with Jesus - thinking these things are what we need to live.  Instead of seeking to pursue the things of God we can pursue others things in an attempt to acquire fulfillment - things such as, homes, jobs, relationships, alcohol, drugs and just about anything else we think will bring us happiness.  All too often we can find them to be like poison - causing bitterness in our heart, and leaving us spiritually empty.

God answered Moses' prayer by showing him a piece of wood that would change all of the bitterness and transform the water into something sweet.  God had taken what was no good, unusable and worthless and redeemed it.  And the people were given living water their hope was restored and they were transformed from hopelessness and despair to a position of faith and promise, as they were saved physically.

In the New Testament we can see this very same things happening again - this time God was offering the Living Water 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 for the Israelites, and He has provided a piece of wood to transform our bitter water - the cross of Jesus Christ.   We have been attempting to drink in the poisonous things of this world so we must also throw in the wood God has provided for us to live.  It is the wood of the Cross of Christ, which will transform all of our bitterness into life-changing living water.  

We can know these things and say amen, but it is not enough.  We must act on what we know to be true.  We must take what Jesus did and apply it to our lives.  We do this be accepting Him as our personal Lord and Savior - by appropriating the sacrifice of His spilled blood for the cleansing of our sin and His gift of eternal life.  

Hear me in this - It is not wrong to be successful or to have nice things in this world, but they are never to be used as a true measure of success.   All too often at the end of the trail we use in pursuing security and happiness through material wealth there lays a pool of bitterness, filled with regret and discontentment.  The truth of it is this - everything we need to be content and rich is in a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Naked we came into this world naked we will leave.  Let's leave with eternal life, amen?  Let's throw in the cross and live.

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?

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.   

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 done for me.  Continue to transform me to be like Jesus.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott



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