PITFALL 3: MEDIOCRITY-6
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.” (GNT)
In Numbers 13, Moses sent twelve men to go and spy out the Promised Land and bring back report. The men went and ten came back with the report in Numbers 13:31. What baffled me however was what happened next!
In Numbers 14:1, the whole congregation or company lifted up their voice and cried and also wept all night. My source of concern however is this; the company of wailers didn’t visit the Promised Land and as such didn’t sight the giants but what they heard from their company made them weep.
Put differently, their company sold mediocrity to them and they swallowed it, hook line and sinker. Bible scholars told us their population should be in the region of about two million.
Friend, could it be that what is being said in your “company” is what is preventing you from excellence? If you’re in a company of the average you will definitely be average. You cannot grow taller than your company.
Hear what they were told:
Numbers 13:33 “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.””(NIV)
They said they looked like grasshoppers beside the descendants of Anak. That might be true to some extent since those guys were giants, but there was no way they could have looked like grasshoppers. Okay, let’s even overlook that part.
Their concluding statement is what keeps puzzling me:
Numbers 13:33 “…We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, AND WE LOOKED THE SAME TO THEM.””(NIV)
They said those folks also looked at them as if they were grasshoppers. That is definitely a big exaggeration. The children of Israel were not mind readers. If they were the bible would have told us; so, how come they knew the thoughts of the children of Anak?
To be continued…
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