Thursday, July 20, 2017

"How the Moments Matter"

"How the Moments Matter"   
   When only one thing matters - if it is the right thing - everything else matters.

   "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).
   "Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (I Corinthians 10:31).

   Our awareness and response to such Truth can wax and wane (hopefully much more the former than the latter).  We miss much of the significance God infuses into every moment, event, condition, circumstance, condition, and person.  Both the magnitude of His working and our present human frailty hinder full experience of our Lord's working.  It proceeds nonetheless, and perhaps when we get to Heaven, our Lord will reveal to us just how present and dynamically involved He was during our earthly sojourn.  Recognizing our current challenge regarding God's universal engagement requires that we frequently remind each other and ourselves that our lives teem with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.  This constitutes a primary reason for consistent exposure to the Scriptures and the holy response of prayer.  We must also frequently fellowship with other believers who, like ourselves, seek to remember and affirm that God is near, God is here, and God is active whether or not we have any perception or awareness thereof.  

    Such remembrance increasingly makes the moments matter.  We may not understand the nature of their significance, and moments will often just seem like moments.  "We walk by faith, not by sight" (II Corinthians 5:7).  They are much more, however.  All of them.  Somehow, in some way, our Heaven Father weaves His eternal purpose in Christ into every breath we breathe, every beat of our heart, every thought, emotion, word, action, and relationship with Him and with people.  This we must believe, first because it is true, and then because we can far more know and experience His infusion of significance as we acknowledge that "God… worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" (Ephesians 1:3; 11).

    God Himself is that which matters, or rather, He who matters.  When we receive and assimilate this blessed Truth, the significance of His reality and presence comes into much clearer focus.   We still "see through a glass darkly," but quite often a little less darkly (I Corinthians 13:12).  We also more often realize how the moments matter in the light of our Lord's working.  This is one of those moments, and let us bow heart and head to acknowledge, "Father, You are near, You are here, and You are at work to glorify the Lord Jesus, confirm Your activity to me, and prepare me to reflect such blessed light to others who must also see."

"I will look for Him."
(Isaiah 8:17)
"Call unto Me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not."
(Jeremiah 33:3)

Weekly Memory Verse 
    Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Ephesians 6:23)

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