Friday, October 3, 2003
My wife has missed some memorable photographs because of me because, well, frankly I was in too much of a hurry to stop. She is really a great photographer. She's got this eye for what is going to be a memorable picture. So, we'll be speeding along, she'll see one of those potential pictures and ask me to stop. My all-too-frequent answer: "We'll stop later." Well, somehow the same picture isn't there a few minutes later. I remember this one scene: we saw this cabin in a field halloed with this beautiful rainbow. See, that scene just wasn't there a few minutes later. It's amazing how there's this brief window during which you can capture the scene, and then it's gone.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Grabbing The Golden Moment."
Now in our word for today from the Word of God, Jesus is describing a window of opportunity that is easy to miss, an exciting scene that you have to capture when the moment is there. It's in John 9:4. Jesus says this: "As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming when no one can work." He's describing what I'll call the "work of God window" - this brief spiritual opening during which you can accomplish an important spiritual objective. Then, just like those photo opportunities that we've missed, that golden moment is gone.
There's a special timing in God's work, and we need to be able to see what time it is in our lives and in the lives of others, and then we have to respond quickly and accordingly. When the window opens and God is moving, it's time to drop everything and work like mad and follow Him in the direction He's going.
This "work of God window" might be, for example, a teachable moment that suddenly arises in the life of a friend or a family member, maybe one of your children. Now we usually want to teach when we feel like teaching, but we have to seize the natural opening when it arises. It may be that someone who has been closed to spiritual things is suddenly needing what you have to share. Well, drop your scheduled agenda and seize this moment!
These ministry windows, well, they come in the lives of individuals. They come in the life of a church. They come in the life of a Christian ministry; in the life of a family. It's an unexpected season of opportunity. Ready or not, grab it while its day. If you're rigid, if you're inflexible, if you just stick to your original plan, you will miss this moment. You may find that your circle of friends is, for a short time, suddenly open to hearing God's perspective. Or maybe it's the people you live with or work with, maybe your family.
God may be moving you toward a place of greater usefulness. You weren't expecting this, but take this opportunity. God may open up a natural opportunity today for you to speak to someone about the love of Jesus Christ. An "interruption" may actually be a God-given chance to really minister to someone's life in a moment of deep need.
See, our mission is to wake up in the morning and begin looking for the ministry window that day may hold. When God opens up a spiritual opportunity, don't be rigid and just keep on speeding along, unwilling to change. Respond, even it means changing your plans. And work hard till it's dark. The picture may never look like this again - and it won't look like this for long. So grab this golden moment!