Then Ten or the Two?

I am continually amazed and blessed by the people allows me to meet as I journey through this life. On this trip I have met many believers who are finding freedom from religious obligation and learning to live in Christ’s life. Some are just beginning that journey, and others are far along it. I love the insights I gain from all of them and the greater appreciation I have for God to make himself known in the world to whomever wants to know him in truth and follow him no matter where that might lead them.

On Wednesday I met a young man who is just finding some freedom from obligation to meetings and activities that was not nurturing his life in Jesus, but actually distracting from it. He told me something wonderful that God had showed him. He was expressing his concern to Jesus that he used to have far more people to fellowship with than he has now. God reminded him of the story of the 12 spies Moses sent into Canaan and then asked him. Would you rather have fellowship with the 10 spies who were captured by their fears and unwilling to follow God, or Joshua and Caleb who had seen the great trouble in the land, but knew a God greater than them all?

What a lovely picture. Of course, most of us would rather have 10 people willing to keep walking in God’s things than two, but if there are only two, then enjoy those two. Jesus hasn’t called us to live with the majority, but to walk with him and whomever he gives us at the time—whether a lot or a little! If you need a lot of people around you to affirm your walk, you are in the wrong kingdom. Enjoy what he gives you, even if for a time it is only a couple of others. Because our focus is not on how many are going too, but which way is he leading us.

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  1. a July 30, 2005 at 10:07 am

    well said.

  2. Dwight Pond July 30, 2005 at 10:12 am

    Brother Wayne,

    We pray for your trip to South Africa and God’s continued work. Jesus give Wayne wisdom and discernment that he might be available for your service.

    I have never been to South Africa but I am drawn to the people and the music. I just saw a presentation about South Africa at a recent Rotary meeting. A group was over helping to provide clean water and basic medical care.

    I find their music infectious. And how can you turn away from the open love and joy of the people.

    Praying for a safe and fruitful trip.

  3. grace July 30, 2005 at 11:36 am

    Thank you Wayne. This was especially appropriate for me to hear today. After last night attending a social event with members of the church we left, I was feeling overwhelmingly in the minority. Your words were very timely and affirming to me today. Thanks for the perspective.

  4. a July 30, 2005 at 1:07 pm

    well said.

  5. Dwight Pond July 30, 2005 at 1:12 pm

    Brother Wayne,

    We pray for your trip to South Africa and God’s continued work. Jesus give Wayne wisdom and discernment that he might be available for your service.

    I have never been to South Africa but I am drawn to the people and the music. I just saw a presentation about South Africa at a recent Rotary meeting. A group was over helping to provide clean water and basic medical care.

    I find their music infectious. And how can you turn away from the open love and joy of the people.

    Praying for a safe and fruitful trip.

  6. grace July 30, 2005 at 2:36 pm

    Thank you Wayne. This was especially appropriate for me to hear today. After last night attending a social event with members of the church we left, I was feeling overwhelmingly in the minority. Your words were very timely and affirming to me today. Thanks for the perspective.

  7. pat August 1, 2005 at 9:42 am

    This was very encouraging … thank you.

  8. pat August 1, 2005 at 12:42 pm

    This was very encouraging … thank you.

  9. Melissa August 2, 2005 at 2:48 pm

    Wayne,

    Thank you for sharing the Father’s heart. I have been struggling with not enough fellowship. It is far better to have two. May you be encouraged as you continue to speak God’s truth of Christ in us.

    Melissa

  10. Melissa August 2, 2005 at 5:48 pm

    Wayne,

    Thank you for sharing the Father’s heart. I have been struggling with not enough fellowship. It is far better to have two. May you be encouraged as you continue to speak God’s truth of Christ in us.

    Melissa

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