We will not return to our homes until each of the Israelites has taken possession of his inheritance. – Numbers 32:18
When two-and-a-half tribes of the Israelites decided to settle on the eastern (non-promised) side of the Jordan River, Moses was concerned because he thought they were repeating the fearful error of their ancestors. In response, the tribesmen assured him that this was not the case and further backed it up with their own promise (noted above). Having achieved victory for themselves, these Israelites were still willing to leave the security of their own possession in order to secure the same for others.
Great message. Great principle. Great challenge. How can we responsibly enjoy safety, security, and freedom of life and worship while billions across the “Jordan” have not even had the opportunity to claim the same. How can we dare shout from this side, “You’re on your own!,” when others (who went before us) did their part to make our own possession possible?
If not for the efforts of others, we would never have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. Billions have still not heard. To rephrase the words of another, “We have a cause, why are we waiting for another call or another command?” Be it a street or a border, we must always be crossing that “Jordan” in order that others may possess the “land” that was promised to those who will believe.
I feel now, that Arabia could easily be evangelized within the next thirty years, if it were not for the wicked selfishness of Christians. – Samuel M. Zwemer