I remember standing on that stage thinking, “I can’t do this. What was I thinking? I can’t do this.” The crowd waiting in expectation while my body expressed itself in perspiration. What compelled me to think that someone small like me could do anything big? The tension between desire and fear can cripple even the most passionate dreams.
Maybe you’ve been in that spot like me before. Standing before opportunity but held captive by uncertainty. I believe we all have this tug within us to do something great with our lives. We want to make a big splash, we want to cannonball it into faith. As a follower of Jesus, we know the call to faith is central to making an impact in the world around us. We are altogether unqualified and yet wholly sanctified. We have been set apart for the purpose of great renown; an eternal kingdom.
What’s the biggest, scariest, most exciting thing you’ve ever done?
What’s the biggest, scariest, most exciting thing you’ve ever prayed?
Since my name is Joshua I have always enjoyed studying my counterpart in the Bible. Did you know that Joshua was the follow-up leader to the most revered man in the history of Israel? Joshua was the successor to Moses. Which means Joshua had to take over a nation of around 3 million people and lead them into a season of military conquest. It was his task to lead the people of Israel into the Promise Land. That is the biggest, scariest, and most exciting thing Joshua had ever done. But before Joshua was ready to move forward God wanted to give him a little perspective. Before we can step out in faith into the calling God has for us we need a little perspective.
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Be strong brothers and sisters, be courageous, for the Spirit of God is with us every where we go! Every class at school. Every practice on the sports field. Every day at work. Everywhere you go God is with you. For the Lord, our God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind! The Holy Spirit of God dwells within us. Wherever we are at we are standing in a position of power.
“As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5) .
Joshua followed Moses for years before it was his turn. He saw the faithfulness and power of God acting through Moses. In fact, only Joshua went up the Mountain into the smoke and fire of the presence of God with Moses. Joshua was willing to pursue God even while others wanted to stay at a distance. God promised Joshua that he would inherit the same power and presence that Moses experienced. Brothers and sisters you and I have an even greater promise, as God the Father was with Jesus so He will be with us. Jesus himself said that we would be the light and embodiment of himself to the world. Followers of Jesus are called the body of Christ, the church. The same way God worked in power through Jesus He will work through us!
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
Why are you so afraid to live with boldness for Jesus? What holds you back from stepping into the light and living out the calling of greatness? Fear. Foolishness. Distractions. Good. It’s been said that the enemy of great is good.
We can be so distracted and content to live with the words of others and neglect the words of God. Fear drives our focus off of our savior and onto ourselves. To move forward, to keep going, we need the word of God alive and active within us. We must cling to it within our hearts and let it loose upon our lips. The Word of God is the key to your calling.
Fix your eyes on the author and perfector of your faith. Step into greatness with faith that God is with you. He is for you. His name is eternal. His is faithful and will work in and through you to change the world around you. Be strong and courageous for greatness is calling your name.