Monday, April 02, 2007

East of the Jordan

Mark Batterson had a fantastic post today called, "Break Camp", that is so relevant to where church is in the 21st century. In fact, most probably are still in the 20th century.

Here is an excerpt:
Most of us settle east of the Jordan. We never enter the Promise Land. And I think there are lessons to be learned from the wilderness wanderings of the Israelites. If you want to make it to the Promise Land you have to break camp. That is what God tells the Israelites in Numbers 9:15-23. Sometimes they would only camp overnight and the cloud would move. Other times they stayed put for weeks or months. But whenever the cloud moved the Israelites broke camp. By my count, the Israelites had to break camp forty-one times to reach the Promise Land. The travel itinerary is recorded in Numbers 33.

A few observations.

Most of us want to get to the Promise Land in one step or two stops! It doesn't work that way! It took forty-one moves for the Israelites to get there.

This is one of his best posts as of late.

How often do we settle East of the Jordan? How often do we want it tomorrow?

What is God building in us now that He needs down the road? Every step with God is calculated to prepare us for our future.

Great stuff Mark. Make sure you go check out the rest of his post.

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