Cal Jernigan – Senior Pastor
Look at the following list of names. Try to figure out who these guys were:
If you say you’ve never heard of them, it’s a reasonable response. If look closely, they are in the Bible. They certainly aren’t talked about much, but you’ll find them there. Read the names again. Ring any bell?
Need a clue?
There are ten of them.
Need another clue? They are ten of twelve. Another? Ten were bad…two were good. Yet another? The two “good ones” were Joshua and Caleb.
These are the names of the twelve men that Moses sent to spy out the Promised Land in preparation for their imminent invasion of it.
After completing their mission and as soon as they arrived back in camp the aforementioned ten had two things to say, 1) The land we checked out was awesome! And 2) we could never conquer it. On hearing this both Joshua and Caleb heartily agreed the land was great, but vehemently disagreed about their ability to conquer it.
Here’s a glimpse of what happened, as recorded in Numbers 13:30-33:
“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.’ But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.’ 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. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.’”
Not to oversimplify this, but there really are only two kinds of people. Positive, “get it done” types, and negative “it can’t be done” types. Optimistic ones who believe it can, and pessimistic ones who insist it can’t. One type leans into a challenge and the other type runs from it.
Here’s something worth noting: Like types attract like types. And, yes, opposite types repel opposite types. We gravitate to the people who think like we do however we are prone to think. And you know what else? Whatever we think… it is contagious, and spreads to those closest to us. Positive people are contagious in their optimism and negative people are contagious in their pessimism. Attitudes go viral!
Why does this matter? Whatever God is ultimately able to do through your life will, in no small way, depend on whom you surround yourself with. You become like those you hang out with. So… who are your friends? Those who think God can, or those who think he can’t? And you… you’re just like… whom?
By the way, why didn’t you know the names that I originally listed? Simply because they’ve been long forgotten. They contributed nothing. They added nothing. Negative people don’t add… they subtract. Nothing to remember here.
And why do you know the names of Joshua and Caleb? By now… you know why! Which group best describes you? How will you be remembered?