Last week we briefly spoke about “A Defining Moment” and the difference or impact a defining moment can make. Such as when Jesus died on the cross, He changed the world forever. When Esther’s defining moment came, it changed a nation for the good. And Samson’s defining moment forever changed his life for the bad.
A defining moment has tremendous power and is unable to be revisited, changed or undone. It becomes lasting and is a fact that must be reckoned with, good or bad, one way or another. Years ago Miles Monroe preached a message, saying if you don’t know the purpose or value of something, you will surely abuse it. How true these words are!
Just like the lady reaching inside a china cabinet to touch and admire the beautiful cup and saucer. As she reaches to pick it up in order to examine it more closely, her friend proceeds to tell her it used to belong to her great great grandmother. Immediately the lady retracts her hand, not daring to even touch the cup. Why? Because she has now learned the true value of the cup. Yet, when the five year old daughter reaches for the same cup, wanting to use it for her cousin’s tea party, she is told the same story, and yet continues reaching for it. Why? Because she is not able to comprehend the value and the fact that it cannot be replaced. Therefore, because she isn’t able to perceive it’s value, there lies great potential for abuse, on purpose or accidentally.
So, it is with us. If we do not see the great value our life holds, we will abuse it, or allow it to be abused. Possibly making the wrong decision much like Samson, causing our defining moment to work towards our demise, rather than for our good.
First John 3:8 says, “...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” Jesus surely knew and fulfilled His purpose so that you and I may know and fulfill our purpose. Eph. 1:11 tells us, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who all things after the counsel of his own will.”
So let me encourage you to get into the Word of God, discover who you are in Christ and come to know your value!
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