FOLLOWING GOD FULLY

Scripture Reading:  Joshua 14:6-15

“And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your (Caleb) foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.'” (Joshua 14:9)

Sometimes in the presence of a truly great person, other people can be overshadowed.  Joshua was like that when Moses was alive.  Today we come to a similar situation.  Caleb was certainly overshadowed by Joshua.  Caleb is mentioned only three times in this book (14:6-15; 15:13-19; 21:12).  Yet Caleb faithfully fought with Joshua for many years.

Caleb is best remembered for being one of the two spies (Joshua was the other) who spoke in favor of taking possession of the land (Numbers 13:30).  Ten of the spies gave a bad report (Numbers 13:25-28,31-33).  Caleb’s and Joshua’s faith in the Lord was evident (Numbers 14:6-10).  They knew that they served a great and powerful God.  They knew that He promised to give them the land and they took Him at His word.  As a result, God promised to give Caleb a reward — “But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it” (Numbers 14:24).

Notice what God said about Caleb.  He said that he had a different spirit.  I believe God was referring to Caleb’s spirit of dependence and faith.  God went on to say, “He has followed Me fully.”  Caleb was fully devoted to the Lord and to the Lord’s will for his life.  As a result, God promised to bring Caleb into the land and to give him an allotment of it.  Now forty five years later Caleb claimed what God promised him.

The key to Caleb’s greatness is found in the statement — “because you have wholly followed the Lord.”  Caleb kept his heart focused on His God.  He loved the Lord his God with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his mind and with all his strength.  He subjected his will to the will of God.  This is what following God fully means.  It is about a surrendered life.

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).  This is the path to discipleship.  It begins with a life surrendered fully to the Lord Jesus.  It means denying one’s self and taking up whatever cross is necessary to follow Jesus Christ fully.

Lord Jesus, I desire to follow You fully.  I surrender my will to Yours.  I can only do this through the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within me.  Let me faithfully bear whatever crosses you place before me and enable me to love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.  Keep me in the center of Your will as I seek to follow You fully.

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