A Mandate to Occupy

Imagine someone living in the United States saying, “I’m going to Canada to live.” They leave where they are and head for Canada. They reach the border of Canada and sit down, assuming that now they live in Canada. Someone who would do that would justifiably be considered strange. Isn’t it even more strange that someone would come to Jesus, sit down in His Presence and make no effort to relate to Him. They see Him, know about Him, understand what He expects, believe Him, but never really relate to Him. Because of faulty teaching, they sit down on the border of “Truth” and fail to enter in to that “Truth.” God reminded Joshua of the mandate that He gave to Moses in Joshua 1:3. He told him, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.” In other words, Israel, take all the land promised and occupy it! This was God’s mandate, but Israel hesitated. It took a lot to get her to obey and then she failed to completely obey and missed many blessings. Many come to the border of salvation and stop. God urges them to yield to Jesus, as Savior, Lord and Master and fully occupy the “land” of the Christian life. They haven’t left the world system and they haven’t entered in to the land of salvation. Jesus explains in Matthew 7:14: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” That which is “strait” and “narrow” is surrendering the control of our lives to Jesus and following His leading. He saves us and we leave the old life to enter in to the new life, not stopping at the gate. Barney Elliott Warren’s hymn, “Joy Unspeakable” speaks of the impact in the lives of those who heed God’s mandate to enter in to salvation: “I have found His grace is all complete, He supplieth every need; while I sit and learn at Jesus’ feet, I am free, yes, free indeed. I have found the pleasure I once craved, It is joy and peace within; what a wondrous blessing, I am saved from the awful gulf of sin. I have found that hope so bright and clear, living in the realm of grace; Oh, the Savior’s Presence is so near, I can see His smiling face. I have found the joy no tongue can tell, how its waves of glory roll; it is like a great o’erflowing well, springing up within my soul.” Selah! God’s mandate is to take more and more territory in the Christian life until, in Heaven, we occupy it all! Our response? “Lead on, O King Eternal!”   Ron

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