We will not return to our homes until every one of the sons of Israel has possessed his inheritance. – Numbers 32:18
Prior to their entry into the land that God had promised, the Israelite tribes of Ruben and Gad (along with the half-tribe of Manasseh) decided to remain on the eastern side of the Jordan River, because it provided good pasture for their growing herds. Moses agreed to their plan, but only if these tribes were first willing to help the other nine and a half tribes conquer Canaan. They could not return home until each Israelite had taken possession of his inheritance.
Many followers of Christ live in the United States. Of those that live in the U.S., most evangelicals abide in the southeastern region. This is not an expression of condemnation or criticism. It is also not intended to be prideful. It is just a fact. I benefited from that heritage, but I also realize that the Body of Christ far exceeds my personal history.
Perhaps it is time for us in the “West” to say (as the two and a half tribes above) that we will help others claim their spiritual inheritance before we strengthen our own, though I am certain that the two actions are inseparable. A good friend expressed it well when he said, “We cannot claim to be ‘all-in’ until we are in for all.”
Never reach out your hand unless you’re willing to extend an arm. – Elizabeth Fuller
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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