What one word best describes your Christian life? For Caleb, the word is wholehearted. It’s used to describe him three times in Joshua 14 (NLT). Verses 7,8 make the first mention:
“I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the LORD, sent me from Kadesh-barnea to explore the land of Canaan. I returned and gave an honest report, but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the LORD my God.”
Caleb’s my hero. Unlike the majority, he refused to succumb to doubt and subsequent disobedience. He refused to focus on the obstacles, placing his sights on God’s character and promises instead. Fear paralyzed the Israelites but he moved beyond its threatening shadow. His heart was fully intent on following God no matter what.
God honors those who wholeheartedly follow Him. Unfortunately, it sometimes seems He’s dealing with a minority. While many claim their faith is strong, their actions prove otherwise when that faith is challenged beyond what’s comfortable. They succumb to fear and settle for the lowlands rather than embracing God’s commands as a challenge to conquer and possess new territory. They’re willing to do whatever God asks provided it’s easy and quick. In reality, the word half-hearted or three-quarters-hearted more accurately describes their Christian faith.
Caleb numbered among the wholehearted minority. I want to join him there. I want to rise above fear and the temptation to settle for a safe and comfortable life. I want to embrace God’s commands as opportunities to experience His promises, conquer the enemy, and possess new territory. I want to leave a legacy that shouts, “Grace wholeheartedly followed the LORD her God.” I know that comes with a cost, but Jesus deserves my best and my all.
How about you? What one word best describes your Christian life? I pray that it’s wholehearted. If not, what needs to change so you can join Caleb’s minority club?