Where There's a Will

21 Nov 2019

There’s a leadership saying: As soon as you get tired of saying something, your people are just starting to get it. Believe it or not, it can be good to hear the same things over and over, especially when they are keys to help you and your team get where you’re going.

So, at the risk of saying something you’ve already heard… There’s a motto that begins, Where there’s a will… I’m sure you know the rest – there’s a way.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Let’s step it up. Where there’s God’s will, there’s The Way. So, if we stick with what God has called us to do, we will eventually ‘possess the land’.

Numbers 13 sets the stage for a narrative opposition between the ten spies and Caleb. Consider the two character categories and decide which one you’re in.

They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” 30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.”

Of course, no one wants to be like the ten spies because their confession was negative and defeated. A word of advice up front: if you don’t want to be like the ten spies, don’t confess the way they did, because your confession will frame your reality. If you could confront any of the ten spies about their negative report, they’d say, “Hey, we’re just keeping it real. We’re just telling it as we saw it.”

What made Caleb say something completely different when all twelve witnessed the same thing? Caleb chose to believe what God had promised, despite the evidence before his eyes.

Caleb and Joshua continued their appeal the next day,

 “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8 If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9 Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”

I love this about Caleb – where there’s a will, there’s a way! Look at the contrasting perspectives. Group one says, “If the Lord would…., then we could.” The other says, “The Lord will, therefore we will.” The big difference is that the ‘would’ culture takes no responsibility while the ‘will’ culture takes faith.

A ‘WILL’ CULTURE:

1. Takes Ownership

Have you ever noticed when you decide to align your life with God, things start to get chaotic? God is realigning things that are out of order. So, don’t allow challenges to derail you. Own it; don’t excuse it or run the other away. Someone once said, “”

2. Takes Initiative

We all play a part in a bigger picture. Learn to take initiative with the part you play. If you can measure where you’re at, then you will know how to get where you’re going. When you do, you will take ground and gather momentum.

3. Takes Commitment

Jesus spoke about counting the cost before building (see Luke 14:28-30). You never take ground without cost. Finish what you start by committing to the process and the journey of seeing it through. Half-hearted or neglected projects/ministries are open to ridicule. If you’re going to do something, do it with all your might.

4. Takes (calculated) Risks

It has been said, “Faith is spelled R-I-S-K”. If you’re in faith, an element of calculated risk is implicated. That means having the confidence that if God is in it, it will happen, so going back is never an option; going forward is the only way.

5. Takes Courage

Not offense. Unfortunately, the world we live in is seething with oversensitive people, actively seeking ways to be offended – our world has a culture of offense. As Christians, we are called to be over-sacrificial, not over-sensitive; offense is a trap of the enemy. Choose courage in every circumstance.

6. Takes Faith

You can’t live all in for God without going all in with God.

Faith will always require unanswered questions. God is a God of the details – the thing is, He doesn’t give you the details! When you take faith, the details unfold as you go; and that’s a problem for those who like to be in control and know everything ahead of time. Faith means getting your guarantees from God, not your understanding. Faith is okay with not knowing everything upfront.

7. Takes a Different Spirit

The Lord blessed Caleb because he had a different spirit and followed God wholeheartedly (Numbers 14:24). A different spirit takes a different direction; while the ten spies wanted to go back to Egypt, Caleb wanted to go forward and build something new. A different spirit believes God, despite what circumstances say.

So… Are YOU a ‘would be’ or a ‘will be’ leader? Believing God will make a way is the key to possessing your promised land; where there’s a will…

Lee Burns
Executive VP, Hillsong College