The Shoulders of Other People

This past weekend at Revolution, I preached from Joshua 2. A lot happens in that chapter. Joshua sends spies into the city of Jericho to see the land. It becomes obvious how much the king of Jericho and the rest of the city fears the nation of Israel and God. We also meet Rahab, the prostitute. I spent a chunk of time in my sermon talking about how God redeems all things and uses anybody who is willing to be used. Which is what we see in Rahab.

One thing that jumped out to me though was how the nation of Israel and us as well, stand on the shoulders of other people’s faith. The nation of Israel was able to walk into the city of Jericho because of Rahab, Joshua and their faith.

We, individually and as churches stand on the shoulders of other people’s faith.

For me, I stand on the faith of others. The faith they had in me, the faith they passed on to me. I stand on the faith of the ones who led them to Jesus. If you are a follower of Jesus, you stand on the faith of someone who took the risk and shared Jesus with you. You were prayed into it.

We often don’t think of the people who came before us, the faith they exhibited to get us to the places we are. We also don’t always think about who will come after us. The people who will find Jesus because we are faithful, because we are generous, prayerful or have integrity.

One of the things I challenged our church with was to contact the person or persons whose faith they stand on and say thanks. I know when I’ve done this, the conversations have been¬†unbelievably¬†sweet.

For me, I stand on the faith of a professor who cast a vision for what a local church could look and be like. He believed in me when other professors did not. He challenged me to not settle for anything, to go for church planting and follow the calling God placed on my life.

I stand on the faith of parents who prayed for me, challenged me, allowed me to try things, fail and succeed.

I stand on the faith of a wife who never stopped believing in me. Who trusted the call of God on our lives and challenged me to always be great.

Whose faith do you stand on?