Thursday, December 17, 2009

Expected Generation

I have been SLOWLY reading through the old testament and here are some things that have come up. Moses guided the Israelites to the land flowing with milk and honey, the land of Cana. He sent spies to see if it was a good land and what it was like. The lord had told them: “send spies to look at the land that I will give to the people of Israel.” The spies returned and told the people it was an impossible land to conquer because the cities are strong and the people are giants. All but two of the spies brought back this same report. Caleb and Joshua came back declaring something different. They said “the land is great, flowing with milk and honey. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will give it to us. He has removed protection from the Canaanites.” In other words; the Lord said it was ours, we should believe him and go take it. The people were about to stone Caleb and Joshua but the Lord appeared. God said none of this generation will see the promise land but Joshua and Caleb because they did not doubt. Because the people doubted what God was going to give them, He waited for an entirely new generation.
In the same way, I believe the majority of Christianity has neglected Gods promises, Both promises of blessings and suffering. Ignored and doubted his power and touch. We have neglected his reality and desire to know and use us. We are invited to be a part of what he is doing now physically and spiritually yet we have settled for an idea or a good story. He is real and active. He has called us to first believe, listen then to go and do. I believe we are the new generation of Joshua. He is calling us and waiting for us to come. We must go, we must run full speed into the unknown of his promises. If you want to follow Christ and be a part of his story He says to leave it all behind. He said, “Take up your cross daily and follow me.” Bust down the door, cry out for his presence, expect him to show up and follow through. He is ready. Am I?