Today's Talking Point: The Forever Moment
I'll never forget the impact of the moment. Having never been trained in how to engage with others about my faith, I was faced with an opportunity to say something about why I was a Christian. That moment had the greatest single impact on my life than any other time, other than the moment, I came face-to-face with God in an unexpected encounter of my own. When he revealed Himself to me, I said, "whoa!" I can't believe this is happening to me, but it did and it was real. So real, in fact, I've never been the same since. God stepped into my life at a specific time and moment, forever, changing the way I think and live. I know it may seem as though I've drifted from my story, but there is a point to be made. There are numerous unexpected moments when God reveals Himself to us and the impact of that moment is life-changing. My mind is racing along at warp speed right now. There's so much to say. How do I say it, so you are impacted the same way I was? What I'm trying to say is this. Impact moments are those times in our lives where God brings new revelation to us or someone else in our journey through life to the extent it becomes a "forever moment".
When Larry came to me that day and wanted to know why I was a Christian, I had to make a split-second decision. Would I take advantage of this opportunity to share my story or would I cop-out, thinking that what I have to say is really insignificant? I fumbled around for a moment and then, out of the blue, I said, "Larry, why do you ask? He responded without hesitation, "because you have something I think I need and most certainly want." "And, what's that", I said. "I'm not sure, but I do know that it has to do with your beliefs and views on life. You're just different!" The impact of that moment was both life-changing for me and Larry. Since then, neither of us have ever been the same.
You see - An "impact moment" is a moment of life-transformation. It is an experience that is so significant that I'm not sure it can even be defined. It's an "ah-ha" moment where you realize something for the first time. A God moment of such magnitude and force that it leaves it's mark on your life for eternity. Our response to "God moments" is what makes the difference both for us and someone else.
This is what Jesus modeled for His disciples. This is His story, my story, your story. He wants us to be sensitive to His leading through the Spirit of Truth. He wants us to look for opportunities to share our faith in the normal routines of everyday life. He is not interested in a step-by-step process, program or even preachy testimony. He wants us to persuade others through His love flowing through our lives on a daily basis. He wants us to learn something new and fresh everyday, but he also wants to reach others through our submissive and surrendered lives to Him. As we do, He is able to spontaneously use us at any given moment. That's what IMPACT is all about.
Impacting OTHERS doesn't just happen. It begins with preparation, spending time with God in His word and producing the fruit of the Spirit through our everyday experiences. He uses our attitudes and actions to persuade others, creating a hungering and thirsting for Him, because they see something in our lives that connects them personally to God. Every moment of every day is an opportunity to deliver a God moment to someone else, through our personal interaction with them. The question for us is the: How can He use us to create "forever moments" in the lives of those people who cross our path. I hope to answer this question in our series: "Connected".
"Connected" will provide the information, but it will only work, if we apply what we know and discover. Everyone of us are at different stages in our maturity and walk with God. So, naturally God will not use us the same way. But He will use us! Paul understood this and reminds us in 2 Timothy 4:2 -"to be ready", because God open opportunities that are either expected or unexpected. Our prayer should be..."Father give me an opportunity every day to be used by you to impact someone for your glory. Amen!"