The word of God says,

When Joshua had grown old, the LORD said to him, "You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.

Joshua 13:1

When I read the verse above I thought to myself, "It seems like Joshua is drawing to the end of his life. Once he is gone, who will take the children of Israel further? What if he had started earlier? or didn't waste valuable days or time, would he have taken over all the land God planned for him to?"

I'm not saying Joshua wasted time, or should have started his work earlier, but the verse got me thinking- especially about all the time that I have wasted! If I take this blog as an example- I think I should have delivered a lot more content by now but I have used my time to engage in things - that aren't necessarily bad- but don't count towards God's plan for my life; essentially, making them a waste of my time.

A task was given to Joshua after the death of Moses

After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.

Joshua 1:1-3

Joshua had a decision to make;  to obey and respond to the call of God or not. Joshua also had the choice to respond to God's call when he wanted. He could have chosen to start the work God called him to a month, year or two later. After all, the land God said he will give to him would still be there, right?!

When God calls us, when he called Joshua- to take over from Moses,  there is an expectation that we should respond to His call sooner rather than later because God is very intentional with all He asks us to do. Days turn into months and years very quickly and if we don't respond to what God is calling us to do- ministry, learning a new skill, changing jobs etc. we are no closer to laying hands on the promises God has for us.

The truth is there is no everlasting man, there is only an everlasting God. Because of this, we must give attention to the things God has called us to do now. God is always doing something, working on someone or a set of people but he needs people who are willing to act out his plans here on earth now, what is the real essence in postponing?

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (II Timothy 4:7)

Let the above be our testimony. My prayer is that we will finish the race God has created for us to run, having completed every task God has assigned to us. I pray that God will help us to understand our purpose and do what we can to ensure we fulfil it.

 

Published by Tolu Ajayi