Just One Moment


Romans 13:9 & 11 // 9 “Love and value others the same way you love and value yourself....11 live like this is all the more urgent, for time is running out and you know it is a strategic hour in human history. It is time for you to wake up and see what is right before your eyes: for salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

Today we will start a series of messages that will motivate us as a church to act upon a church-wide, year-long challenge.

It will be a challenge for each of us to do our part to express God's love to the people that surround our lives. 

This challenge is based upon the premise that we have 1,440 minutes in every given day. 

Our opening text encourages us to remember something about the moment in which we are living.

We are living in a critical time and the day we will meet Jesus is closer than it was yesterday. 

So the question begs to be asked, "Are we choosing our moments wisely?"

And even a bigger question that is posed by our opening text is:

"And would we be willing to give even Just One Moment away to someone else when our heart prompts us to do so?"

Each of us have people that touch our lives that need the life improving love of God. 

This morning we want to ask the question, "Do we truly believe this?"

Do we believe that a relationship with Christ can produce a better life & better moments in this life that one without Him?

To answer that question, we must define what it means to have faith in something or to believe something...

What is faith?

Faith is a framework of believe that guides the decisions we make in life. 

Another way to say it is "what you do is a product of what you believe"

James 2:18-20 // 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

James said that what we believe will bear out in our actions. 

Our current situation in life is 100% the product of the believes that we've acted upon. 

Do we truly believe that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun through faith in Christ alone?

And do we believe that the love of God can truly improve the quality of another's life?

If we do, then our lives should be a reflection of that belief.

There are a few basic beliefs that we must establish in our lives that will naturally compel us to make the most of our moments to introduce people to God's love. 

• We must establish that that God we believe in is worth knowing

• We must establish that the promptings of God are actually worth responding to

1- Is the God that we serve worth knowing?

If we believe that God Is mad at the world and looking forward to the day to judge then we're not going to be excited about sharing Him with the world. 

If we believe that God is some kind of maniacal, mastermind, wreaking havoc upon mankind to perform His great purposes, we won't be compelled to share Him with the World. 

We see the true image of God personified in Jesus Christ!

2 Corinthians 4:6 // For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

This verse states that we see the true reflection of God in Jesus!

As we look at the scriptural testimony of Jesus' life, we don't see the condescending, judgmental God that is so quick to condemn others. 

We see forgiveness and a hope for the future in Jesus!

This is the picture of God that Jesus showed to the women caught in adultery in John 8.

John 8:10-11 // 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

We see here, not a condemning God, but rather a forgiving God.

This is the image of God that excites people about knowing him. 

Romans 2:4 // Do you realize that all the wealth of his extravagant kindness is meant to melt your heart and lead you into repentance?

Acts 10:38 // God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

In Jesus we truly find a God worth knowing. 

We also see in Jesus a God that gives hope for a better future. 

John 8:10-11 // 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

The statement to "go and sin no more" was not a challenge to be perfect but rather Jesus pointing her to a free, new and wonderful life she could have by following Him. 

He was showing her hope. He was pointing her forward. 

John 10:10 // I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

When we've tasted and experienced this forgiveness and hope first hand, it compels us to want to tell others!

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 // 14 For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and motivates us, because we are absolutely convinced that he has given his life for all of us. This means all died with him, 15 so that those who live should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again.

The central truth that God loves people and desires to make their life better is what compelled the Apostle Paul to give some of the moments of his life to this of sharing God's love with others. 

Before we ever get excited about sharing the moments of our lives with others, we must make sure that the God we believe in is truly worth knowing. 

2- We must establish that the promptings of our heart are worth responding to instead of being pushed aside. 

Acts 15:25 // It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you

Notice that the disciples acted upon what "seemed good" unto them when it came to sharing the Gospel. 

What harm would be done in doing it rather than shrugging it off?

Proverbs 20:27 // The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, A man's conscience is the Lord's searchlight

That voice of your conscience, those "not sure but seemed good" promptings, is often the search light the Lord will use to get you to shine forth to those that need to see the light of God's love. 

We need to be sensitive to the moments in our life to impact others with the gospel. 

We need to be sensitive to the moments of our lives to impact the eternity of others. 

Ephesians 6:15 // having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Put on your shoes so that you are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace.

We need to be poised and ready like a runner in the starting blocks. 

Some may say, "well I've done that in the past and it never resulted in much."

John 4:35-38 // 35 Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true.

He's saying don't be cynical about this process of sharing God's love. 

Then He encourages us with the words, "sower" and "reaper"

1 Corinthians 3:6-7 // 6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

God has not called us to save men, He's only called us to share some of our moments with them!

Luke 10:30 // A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

This is a picture of the lost world. 

Luke 10:31-32 // 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

This is the picture of what not to be. 

Luke 10:33-34 // 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

How to we prepare to take our first steps of walking across the room?

1- Firm up our belief that eternity is truly at stake

2- Firm up our belief in a forgiving Good God that is worth knowing

3- Commit to act upon the gentle promptings of our heart to express God's love to the world. 

Psalm 126:5-6 // 5 Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.