Your Promised Land
God meant for His children to succeed. God stated unapologetically in Joshua 1:8 that conditions exist under which “then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success” NASB. (Read Joshua 1:6-8)
The only way we are going to impact the world and the next generation is to prove that our faith in Christ is real and that it works.
The gap between our theology and our reality is so wide we’ve set ourselves up for ridicule. The sad part of it is that some of us are working pretty hard at something that is hardly working. Why do we spend so much time and energy on spiritual exercises with few effects while the rest of the world sleeps in on Sundays? Why are some of us getting up before dawn to have a quiet time with effects drained to the dregs by noon? Why are we running out of ink in our highlighters marking Scriptures that rarely jump off the page and onto the pavement? Why are we doing everything we can to convince others to do something that hasn’t worked terrifically well for use? Why don’t some of us admit that for all practical purposes the present belief system of most Christian’s isn’t’ working?
The primary reason God left us on earth after our salvation was for our Christianity to “succeed” right here on this turf. We’re getting by, but getting by was never our destiny. Why have we accepted average? Are the few effects most of us see and experience all Christianity has to offer? Is this it? All we can expect? If so, someone out there needs to feel sorry for us.
Our status-quo system of contemporary Christianity isn’t working, and I’m bucking it – I’m no longer buying it. Some of us no longer want to play like the emperor has new clothes when he’s walking around naked as a jaybird.
For the most part we’ve dumbed-down New Testament Christianity and accepted our reality as theology rather than biblical theology as our reality. We’ve reversed the standard, walking by sight and not by faith. We want to be the best of what we see, but frankly what we see if far removed from God’s best.
What do you see as God's best for your life?