Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” Joshua 3:5

Ready or not, it was time to move. Across the river. The word was out that, come tomorrow morning, the Israelites would be packing up camp and moving on over to the other side of the river. Their assignment for the night : consecrate yourselves. It means dedicate to a sacred purpose. Joshua told them to prepare for the big day by dedicating themselves to a sacred purpose.

At first, one might think that purpose was clear. To claim the land that God Himself had promised 40 years ago. Yes, I think it would be safe to say that purpose was sacred. But Joshua’s reasoning behind the command was different.

for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.

As sacred as claiming the land of promise might have been, that was not the reason Joshua told them to set themselves apart. Yes, they were to prepare themselves for the crossing. But the sacred part was the moving of God’s hand. The amazing things the the LORD was about to among them. They needed to prepare themselves, to dedicate themselves to the fact that God was about to move among them.

I was thinking about this consecrating, this dedicating ourselves for something sacred in light of Team Hope. And I realized how very much it applies.

In a little over 12 weeks, we will be standing amidst thousands of people in downtown Cleveland, probably chilled a bit from the crispy May morning air, bellies full of butterflies and feet ready to move. And for those 12 weeks, we need to dedicate ourselves to the task at hand. Training physically for the endurance that we will demand of our bodies. This training, this dedicating ourselves, is a non-option.

But the race is not the sacred.

I believe that the sacred lies in the purpose of Team Hope. God’s hand working to save children on the other side of the world from rape, homelessness, fatherlessness, exploitation. That’s the sacred. God is going to do amazing things among us.

That’s why we train. It’s why we get up early to go running when it’s 30 degrees outside. It’s why we take a risk and ask our friends for help in meeting our personal goals of $500 each. The moving of God’s amazing hand is why we pray for those kids. And it is absolutely why Team Hope.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what God does through our team!

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