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Discover the Book - Aug. 31, 2007

  • 2007 Aug 31

Fruitfulness Explained: Abiding Crucified

Part 2 continued from August 30th






Feet crucified/staked to Christ walk His way. Jesus walked to the glory of His Father. He went and did what God willed. His feet were swift to obey. Remember His feet?

When crucified/staked to Christ my feet become His feet. What did His feet do? They constantly walked God’s way.  

  • They walked to the synagogue to learn and honor God.
  • They walked to the Temple to celebrate the Feasts, remember God and obey His Word.
  • They walked to work even though He was God. Even though all in the universe was His – He worked to support His family faithfully for those years until He was 30.
  • Christ's feet walked to minister the Gospel. Mark 1:38 But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” NKJV
  • Christ's feet walked to defeat the devil in Matthew 4. His feet walked to lonely places early in the morning and late at night to stay in prayerful communion with His Father.
  • Christ's feet walked across the dusty roads of Galilee to serve the sick and hungry and needy and poor.
  • And finally those feet walked the way of suffering, the Via Dolorossa out of His love for you and me – He walked unflinchingly to face the Cross

Those feet that walked in Eden’s splendor calling out for the hiding, fallen first family, would crisscross the Promised Land seeking and saving lost ones. Then those feet would be stopped. In the dead of night they would rise from kneeling and turn to face a scattering flock and a seething mob. Those feet would walk to phony trials, mock hearings and wicked dens of torture. Then with blood drops staining those feet they would trudge till they collapsed on the way to Calvary.

Those feet had walked the wings of the dawn, had stood in the chariots of the thunder clouds, had walked with Enoch and Abraham, and had crossed the expanse of the universe. Those feet that had left the streets of heaven were now crudely pushed onto rough splintered wood. Pressed and held by the hands of one of His own creatures now stained with sin. The Holy One of God would be spiked to a tree He had created by a creature He had come to rescue.

Give your feet to Jesus. Let Him use them so you can walk worthy of God in all that you do! Here are some ways to walk for him.

  • Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” NKJV
  • Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. NKJV
  • Ephesians 6:15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; NKJV
  • Colossians 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, NKJV
  • 1 Peter 2:21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: NKJV
  • 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. NKJV

Mind crucified/staked to Christ thinks His way. Jesus was always operating with the mind of His Father.

  • Luke 22:42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” NKJV
  • John 4:34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. NIV
  • John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. NIV
  • Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, NKJV
  • Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. NIV
  • Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. NIV

What should we do? Obey God's Word when He tells us to give our minds back to Him and let Him transform us from the center of our being and outward. Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJV

The word for staking the criminal to the crime to execute him is the same word that is used for crucifixion. Only when Paul says we are crucified with Christ, nailed with Him, attached with Him a reverse effect is implied. In the Roman torture the dead one transferred their death to the living one and they died. In Christ our death is absorbed by Him, our sin is taken, our stench is removed with our evil, and our decay – and we in turn receive from Him His life, His health, His fragrance, His power, and His righteousness.

Attached to Christ we begin to see His life lived out in us. Is your mouth “staked” to Christ? Are your hands attached to Him do His bidding? Are your eyes attached to His? Are your feet crucified to His? Is your mind attached, staked, nailed down to Him?

So how can we today get a handle on our bodies offered to the Lord? It starts in our minds as we from our wills declare our allegiance to Him. Turn again with me to the testimony from our book of hymns. Look at number 379.


Frances R. Havergal (1836–1879) was an English poet whose poetry made a significant contribution to Christian hymnody. Havergal’s father, William Henry Havergal, was an Anglican rector in Worcestershire. An accomplished musician who wrote about one hundred hymns, he instilled in his daughter a lifelong passion for knowledge. She was educated in boarding schools in England and Germany, where she learned several modern languages plus Greek and Hebrew. Her poems communicate a simple, childlike faith, yet they are still profound. The most well known of her fifty hymns and two hundred poems are "Take My Life, and Let It Be" (1874), "Like a River Glorious" (1878), "Who Is on the Lord’s Side?" (1877), and "I Gave My Life for Thee."

At the age of forty-two, when told by her physician that her physical condition was serious and that she did not have long to live, Miss Havergal replied, “If I am really going, it is too good to be true.” At the bottom of her bed she had her favorite text placed where she could readily see it: “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

Her prayer, “Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold,” was not lightly stated. In August, 1878, Miss Havergal wrote to a friend,  

“In this day of self-centered living and pleasure-oriented lifestyle, the total commitment to God of body, mind, and possessions portrayed in this text is difficult for many Christians to achieve. Even though we realize that we have nothing we have not received, we must act like we are only stewards of the good gifts He has given. The Lord has shown me another little step, and, of course, I have taken it with extreme delight. “Take my silver and my gold” now means shipping off all my ornaments to the church Missionary House, including a jewel cabinet that is really fit for a countess, where all will be accepted and disposed of for me....Nearly fifty articles are being packed up. I don’t think I ever packed a box with such pleasure”.

1         Take my life, and let it be

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;

Take my moments and my days,

Let them flow in ceaseless praise.


2          Take my hands, and let them move

At the impulse of Thy love;

Take my feet, and let them be

Swift and beautiful for Thee.


3          Take my voice, and let me sing

Always, only, for my King;

Take my lips, and let them be

Filled with messages from Thee.


4          Take my silver and my gold:

Not a mite would I withhold;

Take my intellect, and use

Ev’ry pow’r as Thou shalt choose.


5          Take my will, and make it Thine:

It shall be no longer mine;

Take my heart it is Thine own:

It shall be Thy royal throne.

6          Take my love, my Lord, I pour

At Thy feet its treasure store;

Take myself and I will be

                Ever, only, all for Thee!


  4957 sustauroo { soos-tow-ro’-o} from 4862 and 4717 ; TDNT - 7:786, 1102; v;   AV - crucify with 5; 5; GK - 5365 { sustaurovw }; 1) to crucify alone with; The death of Christ on the cross has wrought the extinction of our former corruption, by the death of Christ upon the cross I have become utterly estranged from (dead to) my former habit of feeling and action. The tense is perfect. 5778 Tense – Perfect: The perfect tense in Greek corresponds to the perfect tense in English, and describes an action which is viewed as having been completed in the past, once and for all, not needing to be repeated. Jesus’ last cry from the cross, TETELESTAI (“It is finished!”) is a good example of the perfect tense used in this sense, namely “It [the atonement] has been accomplished, completely, once and for all time.” Certain antiquated verb forms in Greek, such as those related to seeing (eidw) or knowing (oida) will use the perfect tense in a manner equivalent to the normal past tense.   These few cases are exception to the normal rule and do not alter the normal connotation of the perfect tense stated above.

  4717 stauroo { stow-ro’-o} from 4716 ; TDNT - 7:581, 1071; v; AV - crucify 46; 46;   GK - 5090 { staurovw }; 1) to stake, drive down stakes; 2) to fortify with driven stakes, to palisade; 3) to crucify   3a) to crucify one; 3b) metaph. to crucify the flesh, destroy its power utterly (the nature of the   figure implying that the destruction is attended with intense pain) .

  Barton, B. B. 1994. Mark. Life application Bible commentary . Tyndale House Publishers: Wheaton, Ill.

  4717 stauroo { stow-ro’-o} from 4716 ; TDNT - 7:581, 1071; v; AV - crucify 46; 46;   GK - 5090 { staurovw }; 1) to stake, drive down stakes; 2) to fortify with driven stakes, to palisade; 3) to crucify   3a) to crucify one; 3b) metaph. to crucify the flesh, destroy its power utterly (the nature of the   figure implying that the destruction is attended with intense pain) .

  Osbeck, Kenneth W., 101 Hymn Stories, ( Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications) 1997.








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