Those of us who have chosen to follow Jesus and surrender to Him are called to live differently. We are called to walk (as the apostle Paul often calls it) differently than the world and differently than we used to. The way we walk with Jesus is crucial, but so is where we walk. We have been saved for a purpose (not just heaven). We have a calling on all of us not only to walk differently, but also to go out and walk in the world. Today as we look at the story of Joshua and Israel we will see that although we dont have a promised land to claim, there are still places and people we are called to claim for our Lord Jesus.
The command and the promise
Read: Joshua 1:2-9
The command: Go take the land
The promise: Where you tread, I will give the land to you
Israels obstacle - Numbers 13:27-31
In this story we see that 10 of Israels spies had some excuses as to why Israel shouldnt try to enter the Promised Land.
We are the minority
We are weaker (not necessarily physically)
Theres too much battle (work) to do
Because of the apparent obstacles that stood between Israel and the Promised Land, Israel chose to wander around for 40 years in the desert.
Fear and courage
Ultimately it was fear that caused Israel to wander in the wilderness for 40 years, just as fear also kept the disciples inside and among people they knew (John 20:19). The devil wants nothing more than to keep us walking in circles or not walking at all and his favorite tactic to use on us is fear.
Although Israel chose to allow fear to grip them, there were two men who had courage: Joshua and Caleb (Numbers 13:30). This courage, along with a deep trust of the Lord, led to victory and possession of the land (Joshua 14:6-12).
Our promised land
The promise: All authority has been given to Jesus and He will be with us.
The command: Go and make disciples.
We have a command and a promise, and just like Israel we have obstacles, and we too can be locked down by fear.
The voice of fear says: we are the minority, we are weak, theres too much work to do.
But our God responds: Greater is He who is in you (1 John 4:4); no weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17); obedience (one step at a time) brings victory [Jesus (John 5:19), Paul (Macedonia), Jericho].
When facing the choice between fear and courage, we must remember who it is that sends us and who it is that is in us. We cant let fear keep us from sharing the life weve received.
We are called to walk into the lives of people around us and bring them the Good News, trusting God to do work in their heart.
We must ask ourselves...
Are we wandering or are we walking with purpose into the world and into the lives of those who need Jesus?
Are we staying where its safe among people we know or are we going out into every part of the earth and making disciples?
Will we take the risk and walk upon the land before us? Will we walk into the lives of people that need Jesus proclaiming the Good News that changed us?
GO, TELL, BRING!
Go into the world to find someone who needs Jesus.
Tell them what you have in Jesus and what He has done for you.
Bring them to Jesus and to His body.
Life Group discussion
Name one person in your life that you can go, tell, and bring.
What has kept you from sharing with them before now?
How will you communicate your love for them and your faith in Christ to them this week?