Saturday, February 2, 2013

"The Spirit of the Moment"

    Of the poet, it is said that he possesses the insight to "capture the soul of the moment."  He sees beyond the happening to the heart, and through the event to the nuance, meaning, and significance that call to places within us far deeper than sensory experience and cognitive understanding.

    It might also be said that God gifts born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to capture the spirit of the moment.  That is, anywhere and everywhere we may remember the wondrous truth that "in Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).  Such inner vision requires the faith that acknowledges the Truth, and then acquiesces to the submission of heart, mind and body referred to by Scripture as worship.  We may or may not experience great emotion as we capture the spirit (or perhaps more accurately, as the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, captures us).  Nor do we always in the moment think profound thoughts of God, truth, reality, life and eternity.  Indeed, nothing may seem to happen as we remember that time and space offer open portals through which the trusting heart glimpses, and at times, seems even to gaze upon the Eternal.  This is fine, because just as the poet sees and describes far more than happenings, the Christian testifies of God's being no less than His doing.  "Before Abraham was, I AM" (John 8:58).  It is enough that we remember and affirm within our hearts that we live in Christ, He lives in us, and that this blessed truth of grace comprises the very essence of our existence.  "To live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21).

    This moment provides such opportunity as we consider together the potential that anywhere and everywhere our Lord's promise can fill and fulfill our hearts: "The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23).  We were made and birthed anew in Christ for this, and while our present existence limits our experience and clouds our vision, we may all certainly grow in our apprehension of the reality in which we live, move, and have our being.  Yes, we may capture the spirit of this moment as the portal it provides invites us to behold eternity and its God...

"While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.  For the things which are not seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
(II Corinthians 4:18)

"I am the resurrection and life.  He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.  And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die."
(John 11:25-26)

No comments: