A different spirit

Churches are dying. The Christian faith is dying.

At least that’s what the reports indicate.  It reminds me of the reports the “spies” came back with when they first explored the land God had promised the Israelites.  In the book of Numbers, a group goes to discover this new land.  Oh, it’s nice alright, but it’s full of giant, dangerous people.  We’ll never be able to go there!  The group said that and I’m sure a few other things to convince the rest of the people they couldn’t follow through with what God told them.

Thankfully, not everyone in the group agreed with that assessment.  And don’t get me wrong, there’s truth within those statements (theirs and ours).

Later in the story we’re told Caleb and Joshua were ready to go to this new land.  At first, though, we’re only told something significant about Caleb.  What was different about him?  You read for yourself:

But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me wholeheartedly, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.

-Numbers 14:24

Did you catch it?  Caleb didn’t just have a different report.  He didn’t merely hold a different perspective.  He had a different spirit.  And it was that spirit that helped him follow God “wholeheartedly.”

So, you see, you may not need as many ideas as you think to save the church.  You may just need people with a different spirit to lead you.  You may just need a new spirit yourself.

Stay blessed…john

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