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Come On In, The Water’s Fine

sermon preached by Dr. Jack Hyles

 

 
“Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the Lord’s house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I Saw Jaazaniah, the son of Azur, and Pelatiah, the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.” Ezekiel 11:1

“Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.” Ezekiel 47:1

“Then he said unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.” Ezekiel 47:9

You’ve heard me tell this time and time again. A little girl came to her new mother and said, “Mommy, may I have a drink of milk, please?” The Mommy gave her a big, tall glass of milk. The little girl reached out, held the glass of milk in her hands, looked up at her new Mommy and said, “Mommy, before I drink, how deep may I drink, please?” The Mother brushed a tear from her cheek and said, “Sweetheart, drink it all. It’s all yours. You don’t have to share it anymore with other children. It’s all for you so drink it all. Drink it all.”

In the story we mentioned a while ago, the prophet Ezekiel is taken to the house of God. By the way, that’s always the place the blessings start—in the house of God. You hang around the church house, one like this, and you’ll get blessed sooner or later. Now you may miss a Sunday or two from getting a blessing (I doubt if you will) but you just keep on hanging around, and eventually, God is going to bless you and speak to your heart. So Ezekiel is taken to the house of God. Listen to an interesting story.

Ezekiel was given a measuring stick. He said, “and led me…by the way that looked eastward.” Walked eastward? Why eastward? Because east is always the way to walk toward God. The sun rises in the east, the new birth is represented by the eat, God is represented by the east, and Christ is called the “S-U-N” and referred to as the Son of Righteousness. So Ezekiel marched toward the east with his measuring stick. He walked for a thousand cubits. That’s a little less than a mile. A cubic is the distance between the bend of your arm and the tip of your finger. Now for some of you little ladies, that’s about 15 inches. For you men it is about 21 inches. But the average length would be about 18 inches. I think mine is about 20. Anyway, a thousand cubits would be about 1500 feet, or a little less than one-third of a mile.

He said the water started flowing or running from the house of God. That’s in Ezekiel 47:1. The phrase “water ran” means trickled. There was a trickle of water. Ezekiel walked a little less than a third of a mile and water was up to his ankles. He walked a third of a mile more and water was up to his knees. He walked a third of a mile more and water was up to his loins. He walked a third of a mile more and he had to swim. Water was above his head. You see, the water started with a trickle, went to the ankles, then the knees, then the loins, and then above the head. Then, Ezekiel had to swim.

He kept going forward toward the east. Now I think there’s a spiritual application here. I’m talking to someone this morning who’s saved, but the only water you get is just a trickle. That’s all. Just a trickle. I am talking to others who are in Christianity about up to your ankles and that’s all you’ll amount to. I’m talking to others who are into it up to your knees. I’m talking to others who are into Christianity up to your loins. And I am talking to some, thank God, where the water is over your head and you’ve got to swim around all the time. You’re just all the way in.

May I say to those of you that are wading in the water this morning, “Come on in, the water’s fine.” May I say to those of you who are in the trickle, “Come on in, the water’s fine.” May I say to those of you who are in up to your knees, “Come on in, the water’s fine.” May I say to those of you who are up to your loins, “Come on in, the water’s fine.” Keep on going forward. As Ezekiel kept on going forward, he went from the trickle to the ankles, to the knees, to the loins, to water above his head. Finally, he had to swim.

Now there are some spiritual applications here. One is the blessing of God and the growth of God always start at the house of God. The best place to get saved is at church. Now don’t misunderstand me. You can be saved anywhere. The best place to grow in grace is at church. The best place to invest your tithe is the church. The best place to invest your life is the church. Far and away, more people learn more Bible at Bible preaching churches than all other sources put together. More people get saved at the alter of Bible preaching churches than all other places put together. More people have their lives changed in Bible preaching churches than all other sources put together.

Now, I’ve said it, and I’ll keep saying it: “Every Christian ought to bathe himself and build his life around a New Testament church.” When a child is still small, he ought to be taught that Sunday morning he goes to church and Sunday night he goes to church and Wednesday night he goes to church. Young people, you ought to bathe your lives in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Mothers and Fathers, you ought to see to it that your little boys and girls grow always in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now the church isn’t what it ought to be and the church doesn’t always do what it ought to do. The preacher isn’t always right, but you’ll build a far better life and rear better children if you’ll invest your lives in the church.

The Lord brought Ezekiel to the door of the house. Ezekiel said, “Coming from the house of God there was an issue of water. There was just a trickle.” Then he said, “I marched a third of a mile and water came up to my ankles. A third of a mile more, it was up to my knees. A third of a mile more, it was up to my loins. A third of a mile more, it was above my head and I had to swim.” Now notice something. The first step was this: he kept on walking. Are you saved? Okay. Get baptized. Are you baptized. Okay. Join a church. Have you joined a church? Okay. Start tithing. Are you tithing? Okay. Start working for God. Are you working for God? Okay. Read your Bible every day. Are you reading your Bible every day? Okay. Spend some time alone with God every day. Are you doing that? Okay. But keep on walking eastward. Don’t ever stop. Keep on growing.

After a while, you get in the church. You start in the house of God and the trickle comes. You’re saved, the blessings of God are upon you and before you know it, water is up to your ankles. Water is up to your ankles. What does that mean? That means that your feet are covered. What does that mean? That means as soon as you get saved, you ought to cover your feet. That means get your feet busy for God. Go back and tell someone else how to be saved. Use your feet. Go out and tell some people who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ what you found.

If you will recall, the day before our Lord went out to the Garden of Gethsemane and faced the cross and the shame of Calvary, He girded Himself with a towel. He got a basin of water, bowed, and washed the feet of His disciples. Why did He wash their feet? Because that’s the way the army moved.

How many of you fellows were in the army during World War II? How many of you have ever been in the army? Most of the World War II veterans have died off by now. I can recall that when I was a paratrooper, I’d be sound asleep at night and somebody would say, “Attention!” The captain would walk in holding a flashlight. He’d say, “Okay, on your footlockers. Get your feet up.” So we’d get onto our footlockers and stick our feet out. The guy would come with a flashlight, look at your feet, and check between your toes. (I’d want to say, “Don’t get personal with me, bud.”) He would check our toes. Why? Because an army travels on its feet and we had to take care of our feet.

The man brought Ezekiel a third of a mile. Ezekiel said, “The waters were to the ankles. (Ezekiel 47:3)” Do you recall the woman at the well who heard the story of Christ and was saved? Immediately, by foot, she told the men in Sychar. “Hey, come see a man that told me all the things I ever did.” What was the first thing that she did? She went back to the old crowed. She told them what Christ had done for her. That’s the first thing a child of God is supposed to do—get water up to his feet, get water up to his ankles, get water over his feet, and put his feet in. Come on in. Put your feet in. Go tell the people with whom you used to associate that you have found the Savior.

Do you recall the story of Matthew, the tax collector? One day he was sitting at the seat of customs going about his daily activities, and our Lord came. Jesus told him that He was the Messiah. Matthew left all and followed Jesus. Then, he had a big supper. He invited all the publicans and sinners to come to his home for a big supper. He told them all that he had been saved and that he had found the Christ.

Back yonder where you came from there are others who haven’t been saved yet. There are men in this service this morning that have been saved just a few weeks or a few months. Back yonder in the tavern where you used to hang out, there are men who are still there as miserable as you were, as lost as you were, and have lives that are as wrecked as yours was. Go back and tell them. Use your feet to tell them what you found. Go back and say, “Look, come to First Baptist and visit with me. Come and hear my preacher. Come and listen to what I heard and get what I have.” Go back and tell them what you found.

There are people who used to run around with the worldly crowd, the nightclub crowd. God saved you. Now you don’t do that anymore. You are faithful to God’s house and you love God. You read the Bible now instead of Playboy magazine. You watch decent programs on television instead of “Peyton Place”, the sexy programs, the dirty movies at night, the filthy Carson shows, and such things as that. Now you watch decent things and read the Bible. You go to decent places and use decent language. There are no more dirty stories, cursing, or liquor drinking. Now you are decent. But where you came from, there is a crowd that still meets and seeks its thrill from LSD. The world still seeks its thrill from liquor. The world still is seeking what you sought. You ought to go back and say, “Folks, I found what you’re looking for. I found the Lord Jesus Christ. I found satisfaction. I found peace. Won’t you come and have what I have and get what I’ve got. Oh, but use your feet. That’s what the Lord is saying here.

Ezekiel started at the house of God and noticed the trickle of water, but God said to keep going toward the east until it covered his ankles. He stopped and said, “I measured another third of a mile and the water was up to my knees.” What does that mean? That means you keep on growing in grace until you become a man of prayer or a woman of prayer. Suppose tomorrow morning or tomorrow afternoon, you drive down to 170th Street in South Hammond. You pass by Brother Streeter’s house. He is out in a wading pool just splashing up a storm in water only ankle-deep. You say, “Hey, is that the assistant preacher of First Baptist Church in a wading pool just splashing up a storm? He’s got his little balloon toy and a little boat that goes around. That’s who it is!” That’s what many of you folks are doing. You’ve been saved for 40 years and are still wading! Water has never gotten up to your knees yet. It’s never gotten above your ankles. A lot of you are still living on trickles and that’s all. You never win a soul. You never use your feet. You don’t know a thing about the power of prayer. What God is saying is this: a trickle is not enough! Use your feet! God is saying that there’s something else you ought to do. You ought to get on your face and on your knees and know that there’s a God in Heaven who hears and answers prayers. You ought to spend time on your face before God.

I thank God that years ago as a kid preacher He taught me that I was to be a soul-winner. Then the water covered my feet and came to my ankles. I think God that I went off to college without any money to pay my tuition. Without a dime in my pocket, I went to school the first day. When I enrolled in college, I did not have a dime to pay my tuition. I didn’t have a dime to buy a book. I didn’t have a job. All I knew was that God had led me to school. I didn’t have one penny. Not one penny. I thank God that He put the water above my knees. I learned that there’s a God in Heaven who hears prayer and answers prayer. Yet, there are Christians here this morning who are saved. You know that you’re saved but haven’t learned yet that there’s a God who loves you, who is concerned about you, and who hears and answers prayers.

Come on in, the water’s fine. Get the water up to your knees. Fall down on your face before God. Find out that there’s a God in Heaven who loves his children and wants to answer their prayers and supply their needs. God told Ezekiel to keep walking eastward. Ezekiel said, “Hey, the water’s up to my feet now and a third of a mile further, it’s up to my knees.” But now, wait a minute. He walked a third of a mile farther and it was up to his loins.

If you’ll check the Bible, you’ll find that just as the feet represent soul winning and the knees represent prayer, the loins represent strength. Gird up your loins, the Bible says. When God would tell someone to get ready for battle, he’d say, “Gird up your loins!” Okay. You ask any athlete where his strength is and, brother, he’ll tell you that it’s in the legs. The legs are the first things that go. Do you wonder where Ernie Banks got his power? He gets it right in his legs. It’s not that wiggling of the bat that does it. In fact, I’ve tried that wiggle and it didn’t help me a bit. The power is in the loins! That’s why sometimes a little fellow without big arm muscles can hit the ball farther than somebody else, win the battle, win the race, throw the pass, kick the ball farther, or has more strength. Why? It’s in his loins.

God says to you Christians who are wading around in a spiritual wading pool, “Come on in and be strong Christians.” It is not enough to wade in the trickle of water. Strengthen yourself. Be strong in the Lord! Every once in a while somebody comes to me and says, “Brother Hyles, oh, Brother Hyles, my daughter’s in school and though she didn’t participate in a certain thing, she’s being persecuted. I feel so sorry for her.”

Well, I don’t. I think we ought to be strong Christians. I think that we ought to have the strength of God. I think that we ought to have the water up to our loins. I think that we ought to say to them, “Listen.” We ought to say to a world that laughs at the Bible, “We believe it. Laugh at us. Persecute us and make fun of us, but we believe the Bible. We’re glad that we do. We praise God that we do. We will be strong Christians and stand for our God in this evil generation.”

We ought to say to this hippie generation, this socialist generation, this communist generation, this new morality generation, this new orthodox generation, and this left-wing generation, “If you can be strong in your stand for wrong, we will gird up our loins and fight the battle for God!” Get on in the water.

We have too many Christians now who never use their feet for God. They have been saved for years but they never get beyond a trickle of water. Let the water come to your ankles. Then we ought to say, “By the grace of God, the water will come to my knees. I’m not only going to be a soul-winning Christian, but I am going to know what it is to get a hold of Heaven. I am going to know what it is to get my prayers answered. I’m going to stay on my face. I’m going to stay on my knees!” Then we ought to say, “More than that, I want the water past my ankles, past my knees, and to my loins. I’m going to be a strong Christian for God! I’m going to stand. I’m going to fight.” The choir sang, “I’m Going To Be A Soldier.”

Check your Bible. How many times did the Lord come to a man like Joshua and say, “Joshua, gird up your loins”? How many times did God come to a man like Elijah and say, “Elijah, gird up your loins”? How many times did God come to the armies of Israel and say, “There’s a battle to fight. Gird up your loins. Be strong in the Lord”?

Oh, there are people this morning in this crowd. God blesses you and loves you and I love you. You love God, you’ve been saved, and you know you’re going to Heaven. When I ask after a while that if you died today, would you know you would go to Heaven, you could raise your hand way high. You have never gotten the water to your ankles yet. You have never gotten the water to your knees yet. You have never gotten the water to your loins yet. Come on in. be a great Christian. Be a faithful Christian. Be a Sunday-night Christian. Be a Wednesday-night Christian. Be a tithing Christian. Be a soul-winning Christian. Be a praying Christian. Be a Bible-studying Christian. Come on in, the water’s fine.

God said, “Ezekiel, if you keep marching, the water will get deeper until eventually you will have to swim.” Now listen carefully. If I start over here in shallow water, I’ll grow in grace as a Christian. The water gets deeper to my ankles and then to my knees and then to my loins. Finally, after a while, I top toe. Finally, I have to swim. Now, follow me. The deeper I get in the water, there is less of me that shows and the less of my flesh that is magnified. For if I am over here in just a trickle of water, you can see all of me. If water comes up to my ankle, you can see less of me. If water comes to my knees, you can see even less of me. If water comes to my loins, you can see even less of me. If water comes to my neck, you can see even less of me. When I come to the place in my life where I bathe myself in Christ, expend myself in God’s service, am not only a “trickle” of a Christian but also my feet are for God, my knees are for God, my loins are for God, my body is for God, less of me shows and more can be done.

The reason why you don’t win souls is because of the flesh. The reason you don’t pray is because of the flesh. The reason you don’t stand for God as strong Christians is because of the flesh. This is what would solve the problems in America: you give me 10,000 Christians in America with the same devotion, the same diligence, the same zeal, and the same love for truth that the seven men who were on trial a few days ago had for error and, brother, America could be turned toward God. Our problem is that we are in the spiritual wading pool. There is nothing that irritates me any more than a trickle.

The other night I was in Chattanooga, Tennessee, staying in a Holiday Inn. I went off to sleep and heard a drip, drip, drip, drip. Usually in these motels, they have two double beds in each room. I don’t mind it but I had to get up at three o’clock in the morning and change beds. I stuck my head down against a pillow and put a pillow on top of my head. I thought, “Now, that will take care of it.” But pretty soon, I heard a drip, drip, drip. I double the pillow up underneath me, put it way down, and put my hand over my ear. I couldn’t hear it but I imagined how it sounded: “Drip, drip, drip.” Then my curiosity got excited and I wanted to find out if it was still dripping or not. I got out of bed, went into the bathroom, and saw that it was coming from the ceiling. After a while, it was just drip, drip, drip, drip, drip, drip, drip, drip. I looked and saw that it was coming out and down the side. It was about 12 o’clock, and I called the operator. I said, “Look, I’ve got a drip up here in the bathroom coming from the top.” Now, no smart cracks about that. Anyway, the operator said, “It’ll stop after a while.” I said, “It’s been going on for an hour and I can’t sleep.” She said, “We’ll check it.” They checked it and found that there was a man upstairs taking a shower. There was a leak in the bathtub or shower.

Finally, I went off to sleep. Would you believe it? Within an hour after I went to sleep, the telephone rang and the fellow said, “Has the drip stopped?” I said, “I don’t know. I’ve been asleep.” Then I heard a drip.

There’s nothing worse than a trickle. Did you ever want to get a drink of water from a water fountain somewhere and it barely came up? We have a fountain over in our education building. I’d like to find the moron who invented that thing. You’ve gotta stick your head in and turn your head this way and then push a little further and pull it down. Then this little trickle comes out every once in a while. There’s nothing worse. Nothing.

The honest truth is, there’s nothing worse to God than a Christian who just operates on the trickle. Oh, you’re going to Heaven when you die, but you never stand for God. You never tell anybody about Christ, or get onto your knees and spend five minutes in prayer. Your life is a spiritual wading pool.

God is saying to Ezekiel, “I want you to go a third of a mile farther. The water will be deeper. When you get there, I want you to measure it. Then, I want you to go a third of a mile farther and the water will be deeper. Then go a third of a mile farther and finally, Ezekiel, I want you to be swimming. The water will be over your head.” What every Christian person who knows God ought to say is, “I’ll give my all to God. I’ll not just give a part. I’ll not just give a trickle, just my ankles, just my knees, or just my loins. I’ll give all of me! That’s what I’ll give to God.”

Where are you on Sunday night? Where are you on Wednesday night? If there are 4,203 people in Sunday School on Sunday morning, there ought to be 4,203 people back on Sunday night. If we love God like we ought to, there should be 4,203 back on Wednesday night with Bibles in their hands. Have your loins girded up for God!

That’s what we do. On Sunday mornings, we put the water up to the ankles to get people saved. On Sunday nights, we put it to the knees and teach you how to get your prayers answered. On Wednesday nights, we teach the Bible and you get strong in the Lord. Come on in, the water’s fine!

Wait a minute. There are several places in the Christian life where God’s people, many of you, only trickle. You ought to keep going until it’s up to your ankles, your knees, your loins, and then completely covers you.

Let’s take the matter of giving. Plates were passed a while ago. Did you give a trickle? How much did you give to God? You sang a while ago a song of praise. We sing, “Praise Him. Praise Him. Jesus, our blessed redeemer.” We sing, “There is a name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth. It sounds like music in mine ear, the sweetest name on earth. Oh, how I love Jesus. Oh, how I love Jesus.” How much did you give God today because of His goodness to you? God has fed you 21 meals in the case of many of you. For Brother Terry, it’s been about 28.

I have to tell this. I’ve been talking to Brother Terry about losing weight. No joke, it’s serious. When a fellow gets his age or even my age, it’s serious when you get big and obese. I talked to him the other day about it. He said, “Preacher, I’m going to do it. I’m going to do it!” He did it himself. He was gaining three pounds a week and now he’s cut it down to two. Anyway, we had a serious talk. He said, “Preacher, I’m going to do it. I’m just going to do it.” The next day, I was walking down the hall and just as I walked by the work room, I saw that the ladies were eating in there. Somebody had a cake. I was walking down the hall toward my office. The door opened in the work room and out came Brother Terry. When I saw him, he had the cake. I dare say, he never had prayed for the rapture any more than he had then. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.

Now God has given you 21 meals. God has given you air to breathe. We’ve polluted it but God gave it. God has given you water to drink. God has given you strength to do your work and work to do. God has given you strength to get out of bed this morning and come to God’s house. Tens of thousands of people would love to get out of bed this morning and cannot. God has been good to you! What did you give God today? How much of your pocketbook did you lay on the altar and say, “God, it’s yours”? Anything less than one dime out of every dollar God has given you is less than gratitude. Trickles. Tips. God help us to get in over our ankles, over our knees, and over our loins.

I thank God and I praise God. One day, He taught me how to give, and I quit giving in trickles. By the way, God quit giving to me in trickles, too. God takes care of me. Why? Because I do not give in trickles. How about you? Keep going. Give more and more and more and more till you are swimming over your head! Why? Because God has been so good to you. Say, you live in America. In spite of the fact that a bunch of nuts are trying to ruin it, it’s still the land of the free and the home of the brave and the greatest nation under Heaven. In spite of the fact that a bunch of LSDers and SDAers (and they’re the same crowd) are trying to destroy the freedom that America fought for, bled for, and died for; I still love the national anthem and I love the flag of our country. It still burns me up when some idiots wash their car with a dirty rag that once was the flag of America. I love America. God’s been good to you.

You weren’t born in Egypt. Your children don’t roam the streets of India begging for a crust of bread today, or for a piece of food or a bowl of rice. God’s been good to you. You live in America, a land of more cars, television sets, radios, bathtubs, telephones, and nice houses. America is the land of plenty. We had a good breakfast today. God’s been good to us. Why shouldn’t we take our pocketbooks and not give by trickle, but give to our ankles, to our knees, and to our loins, all of us? Just give and give and give to God. God has been good to you.

How about your attendance? Trickle? Ankle? Knees? Loins? Or over your head? Do you come back on Sunday night? You just trickle, don’t you? You just trickle in. In fact, you’re about to trickle out now. Sunday night to you is a night to get the children in bed because they have to go to school tomorrow. Sunday night to you is Ed Sullivan. Sunday night to you is newspaper, the television, a ballgame, the radio. You attend church by trickles. Why don’t you decide to get in up to your knees, your ankles, your loins, and over your head in service for God?

There was a missionary to the Indians. One day the missionary was talking to an Indian about giving. The Indian got the idea. He went back home. He came with a belt of beads and he gave the belt of beads to the missionary to give to God. The missionary looked and he said, “I’m sorry, Indian, but God will not accept just a belt of beads.” The Indian said, “Ugh,” and went back home to his place of abode. He came back with his rifle and some skins. He looked up to God and looked at the missionary. He put the rifle and the skins before the missionary as a gift to God. The missionary said, “I’m sorry, Indian. That rifle and those skins will not be acceptable as you gift to God.” The Indian went back and he got his wigwam. He came back, laid it before the missionary, looked up to God, and gave his wigwam to God. The missionary said, “I’m sorry, Indian. Even your wigwam is not enough to give to God. God will not accept it.” He went back home and he got his squaw and braves. He brought his wife and children and laid them at the feet of the missionary. He looked up to God and said, “This is my gift to God. I’ll give my squaw and my little braves.” The missionary said, “You have still not given the gift that God wants.” The Indian began to cry. He looked at the missionary. He finally looked up at God and said, “Here God. Take poor ole Indian, too. Take poor ole Indian, too.” The missionary said, “That’s what He wants. That’s what He wants.”

Over in Chicago several years ago, at Christmas time, a Salvation Army lassie was ringing her bell. The folks were coming by and dropping in their gifts for Christmas. An old bum off the streets of Chicago came up. He had 37 cents in his pocket. I saw one this morning as I drove to church. God bless and pity them. His face was all marked with the marks of sin. He had on old dirty tee shirt on under a coat. The coat was hanging off him and the old tee shirt was filthy. He was down here at one of these hell hole taverns on Calumet Street. He looked in and shook the door. He kept looking and shaking the door. Finally, he looked in and the beat-up fellow who was just wrecked by sin began to cry. He couldn’t get in. I thought, “If somebody had sent a bus by that man’s home when he was a little boy and brought him to Sunday School, that might have been averted.”

Anyway, this old bum from Chicago had 37 cents. The little lady was ringing the bell for the Salvation Army and the old bum looked up and saw a sign that said, “What will you give to God this Christmas?” He reached into his pocket, counted his money, and found that he had only 37 cents. He took two pennies and dropped that in the Salvation Army kettle. About that time, the little lady went off to eat lunch and left the kettle there. The old man got a ways off and turned back and looked at the kettle. The sign said, “How much will you give to God this Christmas?” He came back to the kettle, put his hand in his pocket, took out a dime, and dropped that into the kettle. Now he had given 12 cents. He walked away. He turned as he walked away and saw the sign: “How much will you give to God this Christmas?” The old Salvation Army kettle was still there, so the man turned, walked back, took the last quarter that he had in the world. He looked at it and then looked at the sign that said, “How much will you give to God this Christmas?” He dropped the quarter in the pot and began to walk off. He walked a ways and then turned to look back at the sign. It said: “How much will you give to God this Christmas?” The old man turned, came back to the Salvation Army kettle, and looked at it. It is said (and this is a true story) that over here on Duluth in Chicago, when the Salvation Army lassie came back with her bell to ring that Christmas season, there was an old skid row mission bum sitting down in the Salvation Army pot. He had given himself. That’s what God wants from you.

How about you tricklers? Don’t you think you ought to let the Lord cover your ankles? How about you waders? Don’t you think you ought to let God cover your knees? How about you folks that have it to your knees? Why not get it to your loins? Be a strong Christian! You folks who are strong and yet you haven’t given God everything: why don’t you just come on in? The water’s fine.

Let us pray.

Dr. Jack Hyles