Today I Cross My Jordan

I didn’t get around to writing the book review I mentioned last week, but it’s coming soon! Until then, here’s another original song. 🙂

Isn’t it amazing how we can read the Bible over and over again without exhausting its truth? Even the most “boring” passages contain tons of nuggets of wisdom. I was reminded of that while I was reading in the book of Deuteronomy this week.

When I read the Old Testament, I usually breeze right past things that don’t pertain to me or that don’t directly apply to my situation. But I was surprised when I paused long enough to ask the question, “what am I supposed to learn from this?” that God showed me the answer. He helped me to see the old passage in a brand new way!

Deuteronomy 12:10-11 says this: “When you cross the Jordan and live in the land the Lord your God is giving you to inherit, and He gives you rest from all the enemies around you and you live in security, then Yahweh your God will choose the place to have His name dwell. Bring there everything I command you: your burnt offerings, sacrifices, offerings of the tenth, personal contributions, and all your choice offerings you vow to the Lord.”

If you read this with only the Israelites and their historical situation in mind, then it’s simply a command to them from Moses. And that’s what it is. This passage is not using figurative language; it’s meant to be interpreted literally. However, when I asked God how I should be applying it to my own life, He did show me more than just an old story or a command from a long time ago.

The picture I was getting as I read this passage and the surrounding chapters was that the “Jordan River” is representative of anything and everything that keeps us from God. The “desert side” of the river represents the things of the world–our fleshly desires, our pride, our rebellion, our complaints. It’s the land of sin and endless wandering, always searching for something better. But when we step across the river by dying to self as Galatians 2:20 talks about–which could be stepping out of our comfort zones, being open and vulnerable with people, or leaving the old behind and embracing our new identity in Christ–then we reach a land flowing with “milk and honey.” Or, in the illustration: the power of the Holy Spirit, the guidance and acceptance of God Himself, and the sweetness of His love here on earth. I believe He was using it to show me that I have to detach myself from the world and instead cross the river to embrace His truth and the hope of His promises.

We are ambassadors for Him. Even though we are here on this earth until He calls us home, He doesn’t want us to be of the world (John 17:14-16). He wants us to be different, to be His chosen people. And we do that by daily saying “no” to our flesh and crossing the river. Every day, He calls us into His presence and asks us to simply be still. It’s up to us to answer that call and intentionally leave the past behind us on the opposite shore. As we allow Him to transform us, as Romans 12:2 talks about, then our sins and fears and regrets and insecurity will drown in the river of His love. As we daily enter into His presence–the “milk and honey” side of the river–our old selves get washed away and we are made new.

Let me make something clear: salvation is a one-time thing and we don’t need to be re-saved daily. Jesus said Himself in John 13:10 that, “one who has bathed…doesn’t need to wash anything except his feet, but he is completely clean.” If you are in Christ–if you’ve accepted Him as your Lord and Savior–then you are promised eternal life. Even if you forget to read your Bible or say your prayers tomorrow, you are still a born-again Christian (our salvation isn’t based on works anyway). But Jesus also showed us that we need to daily “wash our feet.” Walking around here on earth leaves traces of the world and its desires on us. If we’re not careful to daily wash away the dirt–the lies, false teachings, words of hate and bitterness–then it won’t take long for those things to weigh us down and taint our relationship with Him. We need to daily wash our feet and remind ourselves of our position in Christ. He has set us apart, so we need to act like it and think like it.

He daily calls us to His side and asks us to live for Him. We are daily being transformed. He desires to give us our daily bread.

This picture of the Jordan River He was giving me was something I had never thought of before. I had never imagined the Jordan River as something I was called to cross. But it has helped me to understand more clearly how we are supposed to be in the world without being of it. We need to detach ourselves from the world and its teachings by abiding in Christ on the shore of “milk and honey”–the shore of our personal prayer closets away from the noise of the world, and our personal relationship with Him.

As I was reading through Deuteronomy and thinking through these new thoughts, I got the inspiration for a song/poem. I hope it encourages you to cross your Jordan today.

I hope y’all have a blessed week as you abide in Him ❤

In Christ now and always,
~CoCo

Today I Cross My Jordan

So many voices, calling out to me
So many choices, paralyzing me
How do I know which path to take?
How do I live life truly awake?
I just want to follow You

So

Today I cross my Jordan into Your promise land
Cause I’m done with slavery
Good-bye to the old man
I step across my Jordan
And sing a brand new song
Yes, I live across my Jordan
Let my life be filled with love
As I walk, looking up

Yesterday I knelt here, thought I was fine
Something I felt here, then the fear set in
No more wishing, fighting, wondering why
Cause Your milk and honey flow deep and wide
As I leave my comfort zones behind

Today I cross my Jordan into Your promise land
Cause I’m done with slavery
Good-bye to the old man
I step across my Jordan
And sing a brand new song
Yes, I live across my Jordan
Let my life be filled with love
As I walk, looking up

I’m learning to trust You, no matter the call
I’m yearning to know You, You’re my best friend
The world may tell me I’ll never fit in
On earthly banks, I’m just an alien
You call me to my home away from home, so

Today I cross my Jordan into Your promise land
Cause I’m done with slavery
Good-bye to the old man
I step across my Jordan
And sing a brand new song
Yes, I live across my Jordan
Let my life be filled with love
As I walk, looking up

One day, I’ll fly away to Your perfect Heaven
Still on earth my Jordan flows
So today I deny myself
And choose You above all else
Lord, I’m Yours this moment
My chains drown in love right here

Today I cross my Jordan
And abide on Your freedom’s shore