Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Moment by Moment

It is the day to day "stuff", the moment by moment happenings, that ultimately test our faith and our faithfulness. It is that moment in the check-out line when the cashier is obviously having a bad day. It is the relationship you have with your neighbor and how you handle conflict. It is the disagreement you have with your spouse and whether or not you reflect unconditional love and respect. It is the moments that ultimately matter.

I can sit here early in the morning, communing with God, writing thoughts that (hopefully) inspire, but if the truth does not seep down deep into the very moments of our lives then we have missed it. We've missed it. It is why Paul says to pray continually because moments happen. Opportunities continually arise for us to reflect the Lord and His great love...or not.

I always say, "If I am faithful with my moments then I will be faithful with my life." If we allow God to invade and conform our every thought, then our every moment interacting with others potentially has eternal effects.

It is the moments that make me think, "Wow, Lord, I have a lot to learn." It is the moments that reveal our heart's devotion. It is the moments that draw others to Him. I want to be faithful with my moments.

How? How do we remain faithful when the moments come? It has to be from the overflow of our love for God. As we turn our attention, our fulfillment, and our pleasure towards our heavenly Daddy, He will fill us full. As we come to understand more of His truth and more of His character, nothing this world can offer will be able to hold our attention. Push into Him.

I may have said it before, but it is one of my most favorite passages of scripture. After Jesus had ascended into heaven and the Spirit of God had fallen upon man, the church began to grow because of the passionate testimony of Christ's followers. In Acts 4 Peter and John were arrested for healing a man and preaching Jesus' redemption. When the religious elite asked by what name they had healed, they replied, "Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised...for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (vv. 10b, 12b)

When the leaders saw their boldness, they realized they had truly been with Jesus. They commanded them not to speak in Christ's name but Peter and John humbly yet boldly answered, "we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." (v. 20)

When we spend time with our Lord, when we get to know His face--His heart--then "witnessing" will naturally come. We will not be able to stop speaking of the things we have seen and heard. The moments will carry eternal value simply because we love our Lord and He loves this world. Though some might call us Jesus freaks (it's OK, you are not alone), it is good and right for Him to invade everything we touch. That's the point. That is life. Let's make the moments count.

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