In July, I turn 60. I will be entering my 7th decade on this earth. Yikes!!
When most people my age are planning for retirement, I feel my life is just getting started. That the best of my life is yet to come. That my time, my season is here.
Although I have not accomplished anything that most would consider extraordinary, I am convinced I am destined for great things. Great experiences that will have everlasting effects on my life, the life of my family, and those of others.
I look forward to accomplish more in the latter stage of my life than I had in my former years.
How do I know this? Because it is a promise that has been given to me. Jesus promised that I will participate in accomplishing great things. So great, that they will exceed the things Jesus did while He lived on earth.
Now before you start sizing me for a straight jacket and initiating commitment papers, please read the following:
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12 NIV)
So as I’m brushing off my shoulders and snapping my suspenders let me add that not only will my accomplishments be great…but also good.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10 NIV)
Now as I said before, I have yet to accomplish greatness in my life. But I’ve had my moments. Achievements at work and also in my spiritual journey seemed great at the time. But in comparison to Nobel Prize winners and great Evangelical Missionaries, they were barely pedestrian.
Yet I know I am destined for great things.
You Might Be Skeptical…
Okay, now I hear you sighing under your breath, “who does he think he is, what makes him so different?” And my answer is…Nothing. I am no different than anyone else.
I am unique…but no better or worse than any other person. I was born flesh and blood just like everyone else. I was born with strengths and weaknesses, things I am passionate for and others not so much. I was born with a personality that pleases some but aggravates others.
So I guess you could say that I was born…ordinary. Nothing special, just a normal human being.
Then something exraordinary happened.
I was born again!
I was born into a small group where all things are possible! Through natural effort or supernatural power, I can do the extraordinary. I am part of a club where miracles, signs and wonders are a common occurrence.
That where we go, the miraculous happens. Where we go, prophecy is revealed. Where we go, fascination over takes us.
It’s not pride. It’s not that I think I’m better than others. It’s simply that I can see what God has promised and I believe it. I am convinced what God has prepared for me is Great!
One day God Promised Caleb An Inheritance…
So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’ (Joshua 14:9 NIV)
At the age of 40, Caleb was sent with Joshua and 10 others to spy out the land that God had promised Israel. What Joshua and Caleb saw was spectacular. It was truly a land of milk and honey. So fertile was the land that a cluster of grapes had to be carried by two men on a pole between them.
However, it would not be obtained without a fight. The inhabitants were formidable. Huge in stature and well equipped.
While 10 spies gave council against this fight, Caleb and Joshua argued for it. In their minds, the benefits outweighed the risk. Plus they understood, what God promises, God will deliver. Where Caleb and Joshua saw victory, the other 10 saw defeat and convinced the people to avoid the fight.
An Ordinary Spy…
Caleb’s life was no different than the other Hebrews spies. He had been delivered from bondage in Egypt just as they had. He had witnessed the plagues, crossed over the parted sea and eaten manna just like everyone else.
As Israel wandered in the wilderness, he wandered with them. But when the time came to collect on God’s promise, only he and Joshua crossed the Jordan and entered the Promised Land.
The difference was Caleb saw the promise and was eager to obtain it. His vision was not obscured by the enemy, but was heightened by God’s promise. And at the age of 85, he saw his opportunity again, and he seized it.
And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses…I am this day fourscore and five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war… Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said. (Joshua 14:10-12 KJV)
Where Are Today’s Calebs…
I cannot proclaim that today I am as physically strong as I was as a Young Man. But I can say that spiritually speaking I am stronger than I’ve ever been. And that God’s promises are just as real as the day I was delivered.
And like Caleb, there is opposition for me to obtain what God has ordained. There is an enemy entrenched between me and my destiny. But now I am fully equipped for the fight. The river is crossed and now I plan to take my inheritance. I will take my mountain!
What Is My Mountain?
Okay, this is where I need to exert some humility. My mountain is to inspire the lost toward Jesus Christ. To take territory for God’s Kingdom. Also it is to help them identity their God given purpose, so they too may take territory and bring the lost to Christ.
How will I do it? By writing. It’s what I’m passionate about. It’s what God equipped me with to advance His Kingdom.
Lately I feel I am being led to write books. Books that will impact lives and bring people to Jesus Christ. Books that will help like minded believers find their destiny. To use their God given gifts and talents to take their mountain.
I know some will think I’m crazy. They will remind me that I have no formal training as a writer. They will warn that most wannabe writers fail to get published. That the mountain is too hard to take. The enemy too strong to conquer.
Or they might have read my blog and say, “dude, you can’t write!”
Whatever the obsticles, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
I’m not sure what it takes to write such a book, but I know what one looks like. I’ve read many and they have inspired me. I also know that if the Lord is with me, I’ll write the books and they will be effective!
So as I look at God’s promise, I’m ready to gird up my loins with the truth of my purpose, knowing that no weapons formed against me shall prosper, and that this mountain will be mine.
So the only questions left to ask is: What is your mountain? What is your promise? What is your destiny?
Would love to hear.