In Joshua chapters 12-19, you see two different standards on display…
- “Close enough for government work.”
- “A job worth doing is worth doing right.”
In these chapters, you read how the Children of Israel took over and divided the land God had promised to them. Yet, at least four times you read something like: “but they did not drive out the (fill in the blank) from the land.” They almost finished the work, but they left a group of people, who continued to live among them and cause them problems. In other words, the Israelites settled for “close enough for government work.”
But God, through people like Joshua and Caleb, was urging the people toward the other standard: “A job worth doing is worth doing right.”
- Caleb completely conquered his section of territory, because he followed the Lord completely and wholeheartedly. (Joshua 14:8,9,14.)
- Joshua cheered on the tribes of Ephriam and Manasseh, telling them they could drive out the Canaanites even though the Canaanites were strong and had iron chariots. (Joshua 17:18.)
- Joshua asked seven of the tribes how long they were going to wait before taking possession of what God had already given them. (Joshua 18:3.)
In light of all of this, here are some questions we need to ask ourselves…
- When it comes to the things to which God has called me, do I have an attitude of “close enough for government work,” or an attitude of complete, wholehearted obedience?
- Do I partially do what God has called me to do, or do I see it as a job worth doing and doing well?
- Are some of my current problems the result of a lack of complete obedience?
- How long will I wait before taking full possession of what God has already given me?