Together, We Drink This Cup

This morning I brought a message titled “Together, We Drink This Cup” at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa.

In this pivotal time for us as a fellowship, God is asking me to drink the cup of transitioning from servant to leader. This transition seems insurmountable but when we look to the Scriptures, we find an encouragement in Joshua and the commission God gave him to lead the children of Israel into the promised land: “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go” (Joshua 1:7). The story of Joshua shows us that this transition from servant to leader is done by virtue of a Word from God. It also shows us that God was expecting His commission to Moses to rest on a people.

It is not enough that I alone drink the cup the Lord is asking of me, but there must be a people who enter into the same commitment to drink this cup. It is time for each one of us to take responsibility for the Word of God over us. We have been given the perfect direction and provision in the Word that John Robert Stevens spoke. As we commit to that Word and take responsibility to follow God’s direction, the promises given to Moses will be fulfilled in a people.