All In

Joshua 14:12-14 “Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said. And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance. Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.”

It is said that if a man will not stand for something, he will fall for everything.

In today’s society, we are looked upon as narrow-minded if we have a life guided by biblical principles. The present President of the United States has caused quite a stir among those career politicians who feel they can rule by initimidation. He has not backed down from the promises that he has made and I believe that that is his character. He has had a set of principles by which he lives and it has made him a successful businessman.

As I read the account of the Israelites finally taking possession of the land that God had given to them, I saw the faith of one man, Caleb, that had not failed nor waned in all the years he was alive. Caleb stood in the face of not only the ten others that went with him to spy out the land, but others that stood against him.

His faith was deep. His faith was strong. His faith stood when even the majority was against him because he knew it is was what God had commanded. The weak Christianity we see today is rooted in an ignorance of just who our God is. Hosea said:

Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…

The knowledge God tells us is not that which will debate and win an argument. No, this is the knowledge that grows our faith. God has laid out before us in His Word the battle plans for how to be victorious in the Christian life… if only we,  by faith will put His plan into action.

Caleb saw the ten plagues that came upon the Egyptians. He saw the great deliverance given across the Red Sea. He saw the Egyptian army consumed by the waters as they rolled back upon them. Caleb’s heart was fully given to the God that could deliver. He didn’t doubt when faced with the next trial came, because He fully believed and accepted that if his God could deliver then, He could do anything that He said He could do.

So, it is no surprise that here, at the end of the journey; one that Caleb knew should have happened forty years sooner; was now coming to pass. He knew it was God that gave the victory. He knew it was God that showed Himself powerful to destroy all their enemies as He had promised.

I was challenged in a recent men’s conference to be “All In”. The blessing of a life wholly given to God cannot be measured. Neither can the heartaches, misery and destruction of those who live half-hearted, half in, half out of the life God has already foreordained that we should live. But Caleb shows us the faith, the confidence and the boldness of a life wholly given over to God.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

It is a simple verse, yet so very profound.

I am His workmanship. I am not self-made. I am a created being that has an Author, Originator; an Owner. I am a work of art that my God made for Himself. I am possessed of One who paid a great price for me and longs to show me so much more of what an abundant life can be.

Created in Christ Jesus. The One to whom I belong. You and I have been created for a purpose. This wonderful life has a beginning, specific direction and an end.

Unto good works… before ordained. God, who is not bound by time, has created a life for everyone that has a certain amount of things for us to accomplish. My day today will have things God has planned and prepared for me. He has one for you as well.

The key element I have taken from Caleb’s example was the fact that he wholly followed God with his whole heart. He not only said he believed, he put that faith on the line. He put that faith to the test. And everytime he did, God showed Himself faithful.

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