You know all it takes is one moment to change everything. Sometimes that change is negative. I think about the moments in my life when I have snapped and said something I deeply regret to someone I care about. I think about the moments when I’ve made a decision too hastily without waiting on God for wisdom and direction, and as a result, I live with painful consequences. Sometimes the change is positive. I think about those moments when I’ve responded to a nudge from God and prayed with someone or shared a word of encouragement or turned the TV off and gave my undivided attention and listening ear to someone. In those moments, God’s presence sweeps over the situation bringing the life of His Spirit.
In Colossians 4:2-5 it says, ‘2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.’ Paul saw the power of each moment that God gave him. He saw each moment as an opportunity to share the message of Jesus with someone. He saw each moment as a chance to display the love of Christ to that person who was watching him and was skeptical about Christians. He saw each moment as a chance to use his words to build others up and not tear them down.
I need to be prepared today for the moments God brings me. The starting point is realizing that on my own, I will blow it. Left to myself, I will crack under pressure. I desperately need God to help me today to represent Him well. I need to devote myself to prayer….dependent prayer…one step at a time…so I am watchful and thankful. In this state of mind, I will be ready when the moment comes.