‘I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.’ (v3) Joshua 1:1–9
A Christian disciple is someone who’s been turned around by God’s grace. No longer tossed and blown about by what others think, their deceitful scheming (Eph. 4:14), but rooted in God’s Word from which we draw our daily nourishment (Ps. 1:3). Filled with God’s Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16), we become points of presence so that wherever we find ourselves we can give birth to God’s purpose.
Reading Joshua’s story in crossing the Jordan and conquering the Promised Land, we might imagine a superhero with a special relationship with God. Yet, we enjoy friendship with God through Jesus’ passion and are appointed God’s agents throughout the earth. In all we do now we are invited to express God’s purpose.
Our lives act as the counterbalance to all the hurt and harm we see in our world. Like medics arriving at a disaster, we carry within us the necessary medicine to bring hope and healing to a traumatized society.
Through prayer and practical service in every sphere of life, we live by God’s Word and carry good news with fruit born of God’s love for all humanity, His creation that bears His image. Let’s be encouraged for there’s nowhere we place our foot that cannot be transformed through the love of God that fills our hearts.
SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Zeph. 3:1–20; Rom. 8:31–39; 2 Tim. 4:1–5; 1 John 3:1–24.
AN ACTION TO TAKE: Think about how your encounter with Jesus influences how you are God’s witness in every sphere of life. Are there adjustments you can make to be more fruitful?
A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, help me to remember that wherever I set my foot the kingdom of God arrives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.’
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