For 93 miles it flows through southern Appalachia. From a peaceful stream to turbid rapids the river makes its way through the mountains of Georgia and Tennessee. This river is renowned for its white water rafting and also for its trout fishing. The Toccoa River makes its way through Georgia until it comes to a little town called McCaysville. When the river crosses under a bridge into Tennessee it is then called the Ocoee River. None of the locals I talked to know why the people back then decided to call this river by different names.
Two names, one river is an interesting thought in the spiritual realm as well. As we look across the landscape of
biblical Christianity we discover various names by which groups of believers identify themselves. Some use
denominational labels, while some use more generic names to let people know who they are. Names are helpful to find a group of Christians who believe like you believe and worship the Lord in the way you find most honoring to Him. However, we must always remember though there are many names there is still just one Savior, one cross, one salvation and one church. Anyone who has placed their faith in the finished work of Christ has
plunged into that wonderful river of life. The river of genuine Christianity flows through all states and countries.
It makes its way through the stream of humanity that contains various cultures, languages, and races. It flows to the rich and the poor, the educated and uneducated. Jesus spoke about this river to a woman at a well. He invited her to take of the living water that He was offering (John 4:10).
Names are valuable as far as they go. But the most important question anyone can ask is: “Am I in the river?” Have you taken the plunge into that life-giving stream? Have you repented of your sins and trusted Christ as your Savior? Whatever names may be on the outside of our buildings the most important thing is to be a part of that One River.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation