With gas prices and the national debt stressing us, tornadoes and floods, a royal wedding, and #1 seed San Antonio getting kicked it would seem that the end of the world is near. While that may captivate our attention, let us focus on something else today. When you are pushing up daisies, what will others be saying about you? If were to die this week what would people say about you?
Studies show that what you believe at 15 does not change much over the years. We behave according to what we believe. Therefore, apart from you letting Jesus get a real hold over your life, who you are at 15 is you will be at 40. Who you are at 40 is who you become at 85. Let’s take a look at an example from scripture.
6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who scouted out the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite community: “The land we passed through and explored is an extremely good land. 8 If the Lord is pleased with us, He will bring us into this land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and give it to us. 9 Only don’t rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land, for we will devour them. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us. Don’t be afraid of them!”
We find Caleb at the age of 40. All of us realize that we don’t just wake up one day and be people of this type of character. It takes years of refinement and integrity. Caleb demonstrates 4 characteristics:
9 On that day Moses promised me: ‘The land where you have set foot will be an inheritance for you and your descendants forever, because you have remained loyal to the Lord my God.’
10 “As you see, the Lord has kept me alive [these] 45 years as He promised, since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel was journeying in the wilderness. Here I am today, 85 years old. 11 I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasks is now as it was then.
12 Now give me this hill country the Lord promised [me] on that day, because you heard then that the Anakim are there, as well as large fortified cities. Perhaps the Lord will be with me and I will drive them out as the Lord promised.”
13 Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as an inheritance. 14 Therefore, Hebron belongs to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite as an inheritance to this day, because he remained loyal to the Lord, the God of Israel.
15 Hebron’s name used to be Kiriath-arba; Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim. After this, the land had rest from war.
At the age of 85, Caleb has experienced much in his life. Leaving Egypt, Red Sea, Mt. Sinai, spying the land, wandering for 40 years, and inhabiting the land. He has fled, followed, fought, and now wants to finalize a promise. Now, he exhibits 4 characteristics:
Who he was at 40 is who he became at 85. Ask yourself these four questions. Use this rating system:
1-not at all
2-not very often
3-about half the time
4-often, but not all the time
5-all the time
Am I faithful?
Psalm 18.25 “To the faithful he show himself faithful…”
- Communication with God?
- Bible reading/studying?
- Church attendance?
Am I positive?
- What kind of attitude do I have? Happy or grumpy?
- For it or against it? Complainer or Connector?
Am I courageous?
Psalm 31:24 Be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord.
- Am I afraid and hide it behind conservativism?
- Am I full of fear rather than faith?
- Do I find ways out of doing things more than just doing them?
- Do I let anxiety overcome me?
- Will I go where others will not?
Am I battle-ready?
Psalm 45:3-4 3Mighty warrior, strap your sword at your side. In your majesty and splendor-
4in your splendor ride triumphantly in the cause of truth, humility, and justice. May your right hand show your awe-inspiring acts.
- Are you a pacifist and expect others to do all the hard work?
- Are you an evader that runs to spiritual Canada when your draft card comes?
- Do you enlist before ever needing to be drafted at all?
If you scored…
4-7 You might be a new Christian and it takes a little to get started.
8-11 You have made some good decisions and need to follow through.
12-15 You are finding it difficult to balance everything and need to choose God alone.
16-19 You experience great moments with God but have a nagging sin that you can’t shake. You are being used of God. Be careful not to get distracted.
20 Email me today. I need your help in ministry. I will not burn you out, but you could bless so many.