It really doesn’t matter how life has overwhelmed us. This is not the issue. The issue is God is bigger than all that overcomes us. And He’s already acting on our behalf. We need to be obedient to His call! We need to remain faithful to our love and devotion to Him!
Trust Him…should always be the motto we live by. We can sum up scripture with one command – TRUST HIM!
Joshua, one of my favorite people in the word of God, was an incredible man of God! Talk about an overwhelming life! He was missioned with conquering every nation around him. He was called to forge new ground by killing every enemy in God’s path. The people he conquered was measured as the sand of the sea. What an overwhelming job! And Joshua left nothing undone! Nothing! He was a man of total reliance, total obedience, and total follow-through!
Are we of the same fabric of character?
Joshua did not rest until he completed the task that God had commanded him. Nor should we! Rest is born out of total
Joshua represented the foreshadowing of Jesus Christ, God’s Son.
Jesus was totally reliant upon His Father. “Not my will, but yours” was the motto Jesus lived by. Talk about overwhelming! Jesus even said to his disciples, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death…” Indeed His mission was most overwhelming, but did He let that get in His way? Not at all…
Jesus was in total obedience to the Father; He carried His cross to His death upon it. He was laser focused on the mission He had to accomplish. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do…” This was His mission. The requirement of total forgiveness for all sin was achieved by this one man’s death.
Jesus rose from the dead opening the door for man to be in the presence of God. But follow-through was on His mind when He got up and walked out of that tomb! The mission was not over. It had barely begun! The mission to spread His gospel of grace to all people was now on the agenda. Forgiveness was atoned for, but now it needed to be shared and believed. Repentance and reception was next. Jesus would not leave this task undone. Church, He has invited you and me to join Him.
Are we burdened by this task?
Rest is not on our “to do” list until the job is done. The mission must be accomplished. Don’t allow being overwhelmed to steer you from this incredible assignment! Rest will only be ushered in when the gospel is spread to every person in every place and in every language. It’s time for follow-through! Church, it’s time to act. May what was said about Joshua be said about us, “He left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded…” It’s time to get up and get on with the call that God has given us! Let’s go!
Your first mission: Invite everyone you know to church this Sunday!
Related readings: Joshua 11, Luke 23:34, Matthew 26:39