“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”
Believe it to be true…as we look back at our week…look back at our lives wherever we are…we find moments which are good/bad…sweet/sour…happy/sad…
All of us can say that. But as we think about them, we need to remember this: THEY ARE ALL GONE!
Jesus does not want us to get stuck in a moment. The command over and over in the New Testament is to STAND!
Eph 6:10-20…tells us that we are to put on the whole armor of God and STAND against the wiles of the devil…
This call is not that we get STUCK. It isn’t that we “stand” but TAKE A STAND…rejoicing in the day the Lord has made…be glad in it but continue to walk in Him…whether our moments are good/bad, happy/sad, the best/worst…Jesus wants us to keep walking!
Consider Jesus’ life…nothing more than a series of moments…just like ours…
Heb 2:14…Jesus shared in the same…whatever the experience/moment in your life…He came…became one of us…to share in our experience…our moments (how He experienced them).
Heb 2:17…because He had good/bad moments (sweet/sour, easy/hard)…because He was made like you and me in all things…He is equipped to be merciful and faithful to us in His role as High Priest (18).
Think about your life. A series of moments connected in the framework of days, weeks, months, and years. It was the same with Jesus. His life was made up of a series of little moments.
When we consider Jesus’ life…we tend to lean in our thinking toward a day…the day that Jesus was crucified. That day matters and is so meaningful because of the little moments in His life that led up to that day.
We know so little of Jesus’ childhood, yet we know He was tempted, grew in the grace and knowledge of His Father, learned the trade of Joseph, and He learned obedience (Heb. 5:8).
His life was made up of significant moments…baptized, His Father’s voice, driven into the wilderness, 40 days filled with temptation. With each passing moment He resisted, kept a strong mind, restrained His speech, kept His behavior under control.
After all these moments, He returned in the fullness of the Spirit to preach the Gospel and He went to the cross. That great moment that resulted in our forgiveness of sins. He shed His blood and what makes His blood enough in that He was washed and pure and free of sin. All His moments without blemish. All His moments mattered and culminated in a perfect Life and a Great sacrifice.
As we consider our moments, it is easy to get stuck on those things which we are ashamed of and to get down on ourselves. We can even throw in the towel and decide that this bad moment is what is going to define us.
But that is a lie of Satan. Truly, we have HOPE in Christ Jesus…that no one moment will define you or me because of His forgiveness.
Heb 4:14-15…we see present tense weaknesses (plural)…we all have them…we have our moments. We have our bad moments. We fall short of the glory of God and we sin, and we are in danger of letting that define us…thoughts we shouldn’t think, slips of the tongue, and/or behaviors that don’t bring glory to God.
Heb 4:16…God doesn’t want us to get stuck there…He wants to come boldly…despite these weaknesses and bad moments.
If we didn’t have the bad then we wouldn’t need grace. Our hope is that when we go boldly to the throne of God and confess our sins and offer our prayers…we obtain the mercy and grace in our time (moments) of need!
We all have our moments…AND BECAUSE OF JESUS’ MOMENTS WE CAN BE FORGIVEN!
Look back and reflect, but don’t get stuck in moments. Jesus didn’t and He doesn’t want us to!
The call is to KEEP WALKING. Whatever things are behind us…leave them there and forget about them.
Whatever else the past is…IT IS GONE!
No one moment can define you…don’t let it…let go and let God!