“There are no BIG Moments in life, just small defining ones…” a friend of mine stated as we contemplated the year.
I was taken a back at first. If anything, wouldn’t I look forward to a year full of clandestine instances, and moments that are BIG?
Whatever your dream is, most of us have a scene in our mind we go to that shows us radiantly basking in the glory of “THE BIG MOMENT” taking place.
A time where everything falls into place. A time where your hard work is recognized. A place where all your sacrifice, pain, and suffering will be rewarded. A time when everything comes to a head and makes sense.
A time that nothing can compare to.
A moment in time that will change the trajectory of your life–forever.
It depends on what you define as a “BIG MOMENT”.
What we define as BIG MOMENT is usually tied with the recognition, applause, and lifting of ourselves from others.
Whether it be being noticed by a movie producers, and becoming an instant box office sensation.
Having your articles picked up, and published by the top people in the industry.
Finally receiving that one loan for your business that would take you to a mom and pop shop to a competitive billionaire.
Being chosen out of a crowd and finally...finally being recognized for your all hard work, talents, and gifts.
A desire for that BIG MOMENT may be for many reasons. Most of these moments are self centered and speak from the fallen, hurt place of our human heart. I have come to realize from my own life that it is from a place of wounded-ness or ignorance.
Wounded-ness–The need to be acknowledged due to seasons of rejection, failure, and loneliness.
Ignorance- Simply not realizing who you are, and Who God made you to be.
When we succumb to either we come to a place of unholy longing and dissatisfaction with the season and life God has designed uniquely for us.
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.”–Psalm 51:12, NLT
It seems like we are always desperately trying to earn validation from others of how great we really are.
Our eyes have been concealed to believe the wrong thing.
Your BIG MOMENT is not a moment of recognition from other people. Your BIG MOMENT is not even a dream come true.
In reality, we ALL need to realize that the BIG MOMENT has already happened.
In Colossians, Paul, an apsotle of Christ speaks of this BIG MOMENT.
“21 You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” (Colossians 1:21-22).
“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14).
Once you and I made a decision to accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, once we believed the gospel, the good news that God saved our souls from everlasting damnation, separation from life itself; a miracle took place.
You and I are now considered blameless and adopted into The Family of God.
We are now children of God.
This decision is your BIG MOMENT–it is the very moment that changed the trajectory of your life–forever.
The moment you and I were saved was the BIG MOMENT!
We have received knowledge and wisdom beyond our hearts capability. We have now been translated from darkness into light.
No more enemies to God. Neither are we separated from Him.
I’m no longer under the control of darkness.
And lies of my unworthiness
Is no more.
Now, I have The Hope. Jesus. Not only hope for a better tomorrow but hope for new life to come.
I now have revelation. Truth bearing in my very soul.
You know, I hated everyone. Myself included. But now I have The Love of God burning inside my heart. My heart of stone has now been made soft in His Hands.
I love. Him and others fiercely. Though the fire of that love is tested frequently, He loves me and the knowledge of this helps me return everyday to this blessed assurance.
I am a daughter of the King. I know that now. I can walk in faith knowing the truth of this royalty.
Dear friends, your BIG MOMENT happened the day you gave your life to Christ.
This event radically changed the trajectory of your life.
Forever. You will never be the same again. You are now apart of a family of sons and daughters, royalty, free, and full of life–spreading the Good News of A Savior Who Frees captives bound to sin, lust, arrogance, pride and fear into a new existence. Who loves the sinner back to repentance. Who washes away their sin with His own Blood–who is this God we serve? How could we forget the complete glory of THAT MOMENT. When guilt and shame can no longer stand in the presence of a Merciful Savior and Mighty God…
The best part…
That if we continue to stand in this truth of our risen King, you will understand this secret:
“Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory” (Colossians 1:27).
Again, nothing, no book deal, business offer, or the fulfillment of any other desire will ever compare to it.
So, “don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. 9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority” (Colossians 2:8-10).
You are fulfilled in Jesus. No need for the accolades and shine from the world. You shine anyway.
Even as I say this, many may turn to roll their eyes. Or scoff saying:
What a miraculous event...and yet I’m still walking through the toughest time of my life.
I’m still at this dead end job…
I’ve been faithful to God and I still have not begun to live my dreams….
I’m saved. But it sure doesn’t feel it.
This life we were born in has now become a battlefield that we must conquer everyday.
And you and I can do that. If we stand faithful, our lives shine bright against the darkness and spread The Kingdom of The God. And though these times seem to last forever, they do not define you. You are still created for a purpose. (Continue to stand tall, and trust in God.)
People may not know who you are, but remember God does.
However, even in the struggle–
The day we were born,
The very first day of school (no matter the age)
Becoming a mother or father,
The first time you fall in love…for real.
The day your loved one dies.
All of these smaller moments are important. All of them are beautiful testaments of life and gifts, or opportunities for us to grow. However, without salvation-the wonder of birth, love, new beginnings, and yes, even death–lose it’s significance.
The BIG MOMENT that can not be compared to anything else is the day you enter the family of God.
We have become so selfish, so preoccupied with the things the rest of the world loves and takes pride in; we forget the wonder, the grandeur, the glory of being chosen, set apart for the purposes of The Kingdom of God. To serve, and honor The One who loves us and shed His Blood for us.
The truth is we have lost the joy we once had when we first got saved.
May our prayer be in this new year: “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.” Psalm 51:12
Forgive us for forgetting our worth. How we’re more than a BIG MOMENT to you and that our lives are valuable with or without recognition of the world. I pray our hearts desire change to what You desire. I pray our hearts would be sensitive, warmed, transformed into the image of Christ.
That we would remember the truth–that we have been reconciled to you because of Jesus. That His Spirit now lives inside us and we are made new in Him. I pray we would refuse to believe the lies of the satan and instead stand in the truth: that our lives were paid with a price, Jesus Christ Blood and we are saved. Let us never settle for the common things of the world to attain success. Instead may we use what you have given us to give you glory.
I pray our love grows more every day and we would be satisfied in Your salvation, and that we would have joy in The Lord for your favor and mercy toward us.
In Your Name I pray,
Prayer of salvation:
I believe that you died in my place on the cross, and have risen again so I can now have a new life in you. I have sinned against you–I ask you to forgive me, wash me clean. I turn away from my old life.
I ask you to help me remain satisfied in you. All the way though this journey of faith, no matter what. Thank you Lord for everything.
In Jesus Name I pray, amen.
If it was your first time praying this, congratulations! YOUR BIG MOMENT is here! Jesus says in Luke 15:10 that “there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”
That’s right. They rejoice over your heart being turned toward God! What an amazing thing! I want you to contact me if this was your first time praying this or you have rededicated your life to God. Email me at the link here: Contact and I will personally pray for you as well as answer any questions that you may have. I encourage you to find a church that is teaching the Word of God in a way that you can understand. Then, pray God leads you to Christian friends who will help you walk out this faith journey.
You can start here. Here you can find the friendship and encouragement you need to walk by faith.
God bless you all, and Happy New Year! May this New Year be full of joy, refining and great gold!
Commit to God this year and He will certainly commit to you.
Let it be our goal to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). I’m praying that your faith fails not, and when your faith is strong, you go and encourage others.
I pray that He helps you through this ministry stay faithful to Him in every season.
I look forward to sharing this new season in 2018, together,
*All scripture taken from New Living Translation