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Rev. John McPeek

Let your crutch be the cross

I want to consider the idea of a crutch. We all know that a crutch is a staff with a crosspiece used for support.

My grandmother fell many years ago and broke her hip. She had to use a crutch to aid her in getting from place to place. When our son was a little boy, he was diagnosed with Legg Perthes disease. Because his hip socket had deteriorated, he had to use a crutch for support. He didn't need it long because the Lord gave him a miracle and the bones were restored.

But what each and every one of us should consider today is a crutch that we all need and is available to anyone who will call on the name of Jesus. That crutch is the cross. We are all cripples saved only by the debt Jesus Christ paid on the cross. I heard someone make the statement that Christians use Jesus Christ as a crutch. I remember the old song that tells us we can't even walk without him holding our hand. Jesus tells us to cast our burdens on him because he cares for us. Jesus Christ is the crutch that will carry us through this life and on into eternity with him.

We depend on other crutches if we don't lean on the cross. In the Old Testament, the prophet told the leper Naaman to go dip in the river Jordan and he would be healed. Naaman couldn't readily let go of his crutch of pride and position that had him bound. But when he decided to let go of that crutch and be obedient, the Lord completely healed him. In the New Testament a rich young ruler came to Jesus and asked what he had to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus reminded him of the Ten Commandments. He was proud to be able to say he had kept them all from his youth up. Jesus told him he lacked one thing. He must sell all he had and give to the poor. The Bible tells us that the young man went away sorrowful. The crutch of riches was so important to him he couldn't give it up.

There are many crutches used today such as riches, pride, position, prestige, habits, judgmental attitudes and the list goes on and on. I would ask that you do a little soul searching, and let the Lord deal with you and take away whatever keeps you from wholly depending on him. Lean on Jesus. He doesn't mind and he is fully capable of taking care of every problem you have.

Let your crutch be the cross.

The Rev. John McPeek, pastor of Pattillo Street Church of God in Hartselle, is one of several local ministers writing religion columns for THE DAILY. For more information, call Melanie Smith at 340-2468.

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