Google+ 11/08/13 Drink From the Rock of Our Salvation!

1 Corinthians 10:1-7

 

I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago.

All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them,

And all of them walked through the sea on dry ground.

In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses.

All of them ate the same spiritual food, and all of them drank the same spiritual water.

For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ.

Yet God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did,

Or worship idols as some of them did.

As the Scriptures say,

“The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.”

 

In part eleven of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Water, Water, Everywhere!" Paul admonishes the Corinthians about the danger of saying one thing and doing another.  Paul reminds the church at Corinth that all of their ancestors walked out of Egypt following the same cloud.  All of them were baptized as followers of Moses and drank from the same spiritual rock that was Christ.  So, God blessed them all, right?  Paul says that God was not pleased with most of them.  How could that be?  The Israelites were claiming one thing and doing another.  This is a practice that is wide-spread among Christians and churches today.  When it is convenient, we all want to claim allegiance to Jesus.  The problem is that most of our every-day actions simply don't represent the heart of Jesus.  Jesus loved people unconditionally.  He told the truth, even when it wasn't pleasant to do so.  He was a tireless worker and never stopped giving.  Jesus only spoke about money when it was a distraction to our Christian lives.  Jesus never "saved" money or did a fundraiser!  Rather, He claimed God's promise of providing daily bread.  Finally, Jesus was available twenty-four hours a day.  Do our lives represent these aspects of who Jesus was?  Most churches today are declining.  The reason for this is obvious, but we Christians don't seem to want to do anything about the problem.  In short, we have stopped evangelizing, discipling, and loving unconditionally.  People are spiritually immature because we don't do what Jesus said to do.  We must preach, teach, educate, and baptize.  The Corinthians were busy "partying!"  Many Christians I know are doing the same thing.  Don't be offended, be educated.  I watch very little TV.  Why?  I don't have time if I am to serve the Kingdom of God.  That is a choice I make.  Many people just explain that they are too busy for God's work.  The truth is they are!  We need to be careful about why we are so "busy!"  We claim to be God's children, but we make choices that do not find us fellowshipping in the temple daily.  Let's hear Paul clearly and heed his warning.  If "partying" is more important than obedience to God, He will scatter us in the wilderness.  The most current statistics tell us that this has already happened, as 75% of Americans have admitted that they do not attend a church worship service regularly.  We are not talking about "fellowshipping in the temple daily."  We are talking about people not coming into the presence of the Lord even one day a week.  Is it any wonder we are stumbling around in the wilderness?  Go back to drinking from the rock, which is Jesus Christ.  Know where your sustaining life-water comes from and frequent that place often.  Don't crave evil things.  Instead, "Drink From the Rock of Our Salvation!"