“…Joshua set up twelve stones amid the Jordan…”
– Joshua 4:9
It is difficult to know sometimes what God has put on the heart of His servants. It is made clear to us that God had Joshua instruct the appointed men to resurrect a memorial on the banks of the river. It is unclear, however, if the Lord told him to set up the twelve stones amid the riverbed. Being a godly man who was obedient to God’s command, we can conclude that the Lord must have placed these instructions upon Joshua’s heart.
It has been said, “The stones in the riverbed speak of identification with Christ in death. Those on the west bank speak of identification with Christ in the resurrection.” As the Nation of Israel moved into Canaan, they left behind the old way of life and moved into newness of life. Jesus said, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). The invitation is to anyone willing.
The fruit of repentance is the denial of self. In repentance, one’s mind is changed, and you begin living a new life, both inwardly and outwardly. Repentance is the path that leads to restoration with God. It comes only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. You are justified by faith in Him, and the newness of life given begins the process of sanctification as you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Leave the old behind today and put on the newness of life!
“Repentance: that mighty change in mind, heart, and life, wrought by the Spirit of God.”
– Richard Trench