Devotional: ‘The Ground is Level at the Foot of the Cross’

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Have you ever heard the phrase – ‘The ground is level at the foot of the cross’?  That line comes from the lyrics of an old song.

“You may own earth’s silver, have riches untold, but all of earth’s wealth, my friend won’t save your soul.

You may live in a mansion, all the world knows your name; but at the foot of the cross, my friend, everyone stands the same.”

“The ground is level at the foot of the cross. Anyone may come there for there is no cost. Rich man or poor man, bonded or free. The ground was leveled that day at Calvary.” (words by Beverly Lowry, mother of Mark Lowry) [1]

Consider how those lyrics reflect these words from the book of James –

“Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them.”  (James 1:9-10)

The poverty and riches James mentions may well refer to someone’s social standing in life. Regardless of the size of someone’s bank account, the ground is level at the foot of the cross. The Apostle Paul wrote – “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.” (1 Timothy 1:15) No one is too bad to be saved, nor too good to need salvation. The ground is level at the foot of the cross.

But it may also be a reference to the condition of our heart. What a blessing to know that whenever we are broken, God will lift us up. But it is also a blessing to know that whenever we are proud and haughty, God will bring us down.

At first, being humbled by God may not seem like much of a blessing. But consider what might happen to us if God never brought us back to reality. Scripture teaches us that it was pride that caused the angel Lucifer to rebel against God and lose his place in heaven. (see Isaiah 14:12-15) If God allowed pride to go unchecked in our lives, it would eventually destroy us. James tells us – “For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.” (James 1:11) People who trust only in themselves will eventually be sadly disappointed.

The ground is level at the foot of the cross. No one is too good to need Jesus, nor is anyone too sinful to be saved. No problem is beyond His ability to help, nor is anyone ever so secure as to never need His help. The ground is always level at the foot of the cross.

[1] https://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0080847 December 6, 2017

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