Being Different (Numbers 14:20-24)

20 The LORD replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. 21 Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth, 22 not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times— 23 not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. 24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.

It is real interesting that Caleb is described as being different.  Yet he wasn’t merely just different in any old way, but he was faithful.  I make the small distinction, so that we don’t think being different in itself will be our salvation.  It was his faithfulness, and the fact that he followed God “wholeheartedly” that made him distinct and favorable before God.  Often times religiousity will take you one way, and following God wholeheartedly will take you another.   In what ways might we be allowing main stream Christianity to dictate our direction and lives?  Could it be that in our going along with american christian culture and thought, that we in actuality miss what God has called us to?  How do we follow Christ wholeheartedly in our time?  Which way is Christ leading? Freestyle with me…

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3 comments

  1. Dana · July 22, 2009

    Great, thought-provoking post!

  2. freestyle · July 24, 2009

    Thanks Dana!

  3. notesalongthepath · July 26, 2009

    Hi Drew,
    Interesting post that makes me think. I feel I’m being drawn toward unconditional love and forgiveness, which I find very hard to do some days–and that Christianity itself has been twisted into something that is not about the Man of Peace. Thanks for your courage.
    Pam Bickell

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