Pastor Sue Lee, D.Min.
We tend to define self-esteem based on who we are or what we have. If your self-esteem or identity is based on things, then when you lose them, where are you?
But is a three letter word that changes everything after it. When the 12 went to scout the new land, 10 of them reported differently than the others.
“The land is flowing with milk and honey, BUT they are giants, we are grasshoppers.” The 10 saw giants and obstacles, but they didn’t see God. Joshua and Caleb remembered what God had done in the past. They put their faith in God.
What is the grasshopper mentality?
- saved by grace to serve BUT I am too old, too busy, too…
- Jesus said forgive one another, BUT …
- I know tithing is a Christian Commitment, BUT …
Are you willing?
Fred Craddock told this story — which ends with: (the full story is in the sermon)
“Who are you, son? Whose boy are you?’
I felt the old weight come on me. It was like a big black cloud. Even the preacher was putting me down.
But as he looked down at me, studying my face, he began to smile a big smile of recognition. “Wait a minute,” he said, “I know who you are. I see the family resemblance. You are a son of God.”
With that he slapped me across the rump and said, “Boy you’ve got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.”
Numbers 13:28-33 New International Version (NIV)
28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”
30 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.”
31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 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. 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.”
John 1:10-13 New International Version (NIV)
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.