November 15, 2005 • By Ed Wrather
And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. - Ezekiel 47:3-5.
My son, Nick (He is 27 years old and has Downs Syndrome.), loves country music and tonight is the country music awards show. Nick actually started out being an Oakridge Boys fan (He did meet them once many years ago.), and still is, but he has branched out to include most of country and gospel music. Tonight I briefly heard a group called “Sugarland” singing a song called, “Something More.” The chorus starts with, “There's gotta be something more, Gotta be more than this.”
The fact is that God always has something more for you. The question is this, “Do you want it?” For those who don’t know Jesus as their Savior, God offers grace, mercy, forgiveness, eternal life, the life everlasting, and it is a free gift - you just have to receive it (John 1:12). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).” Now, that is something more!!
Receiving Christ as your personal Savior and knowing the forgiveness of your sins through Him is the beginning. Jesus in John 3 calls it being “born again.” However, just as a baby is born into this physical world, being born spiritually is just a very small taste of what is ahead for those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose. Being “born again” is the starting point of your spiritual life. It is the starting point and not the end point. There is so much more that God has waiting for you.
We can walk with God out into the stream of His power. Walk in the spirit. The apostle Paul tells us, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).” “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:24-25).” Do you belong to Christ? Jesus presented Himself to the woman at the well in John 4 as being the water of life. The water flowing from Christ is living water. The apostle John saw the river of the water of life flowing from God’s throne in Revelation 22. And, Ezekiel sees the water of life flowing from the house of God (Ezekiel 47:12).
Are you walking in the water of life? Are you ankle deep? Are you knee deep? Are you waist deep? Or, are you in waters so deep that you can no longer walk but must swim? Where are you? God has something more for you, so much more.