The Old Rugged Cross

Many of us are familiar with the hymn bearing the name of this devotional, but is it such a part of our lives that we regularly return to thoughts of just how much our Lord sacrificed in order that we might live the lives He created us to live.  All of us, including me, are so wrapped up in the busyness of living that often our time with our Lord is lost in the shuffle.  Our Lord is ever forgiving, but it is more important now than ever before that we choose to take the right turn as we approach a crossroad that will either make or break the future He has laid out for each of us.

When Paul was preaching to the church in Corinth he told them – For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” (1:1:17-19).  Where do we place ourselves in the world today; do we think we have all our bases covered or are we simply content to attend church on Sunday and let the world go by?  He who glories, let him glory in the Lord  (31).

At one point in my life because of a particular sermon I made the decision to put a large wooden cross in my front yard.  I do notice it and it hasn’t exactly faded into its surroundings, but I venture to say it has become habit and there are some things that should never become simply habit.  Recently I decided that my cross needed refurbishing; it was looking a little worn so I set out to improve its appearance.  To make a long story short I ended up with using timber oil to protect it from UV light and weather.  To my surprise the end result was that it became more weathered looking and I wasn’t sure at first that I liked the look.  But at this point the Lord decided I needed to take a better look and something I cannot explain happened.  I am attaching a picture and you may decide for yourself its implications.  For me, it was a shock to see what looked very much like blood at the top.  Where could that have come from and what did it mean?  Simply put – My child, I suffered and died and rose again for you. 

Oh Lord, forgive us for getting so busy in this life that we forget what You have done for us and what You desire for us to do for You.  

Rise up, O men of God! Have done with lesser things;
Give heart and soul and mind and strength to serve the King of kings.