“For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and they will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will You do for Your great name” (Joshua 7:9)?

As we also should be, Joshua was concerned about the name of God; his reputation; how those outside the community of faith were interpreting and understanding him. As ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), we are responsible for translating the gospel and the Spirit of the living Christ into “real time” actions and attitudes. It’s living with the burden that others are making assumptions about God based upon the behavior of his people. Might those who would never enter a sanctuary still be in the presence of the risen Christ when they are in our presence.

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