Living on Mission by Faith after the Big Reality Check
“…God was not pleased with most of them…” (1 Corinthians 10:5) Why wasn’t God pleased with them?
Long story short: God said, “I’m giving you this wonderful land.” So they went to check it out. They saw that the land was really good, but there were people living there. People that weren’t likely to say, “Oh, God gave you this land? Let me just move my stuff somewhere else so you can have it!” Reality check time: We are going to have to fight for what God gave us. We have to work for it. That sounds hard. That sounds scary and dangerous. I don’t think I want to do that. I don’t think God really is giving us this land.
Why wasn’t God pleased with them? They had no faith. “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
If we are going to live on mission, it is very likely that God will lead us to take some steps that require faith in Him. Did He prompt you to go grocery shopping for your neighbor who’s been sick? Did He prompt you be a friend to that person who always eats alone in the cafeteria? Did He prompt you to take care of a single mom’s kids once a week so that she can get something done? Did He prompt you to pray for healing for a person with serious health issues? These things take courage. These things take real work. These things take faith.
Remember, when God leads us to do something, He already knows what it will take to accomplish it. He doesn’t promise to make it easy, but He will provide.
Let’s practice Living on Mission by faith; trusting that when God makes a promise or gives direction, He is fully able to supply everything needed to make it happen – even when the going gets very tough.