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LIVING IN THE MOMENT

Preaching by Pastor Jerry Ignacio

Summarised by JILC Publishing Ministry

SCRIPTURE: Mark 9:2-8 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

There are three facets of time: the past, the present and the future. In Greek, they have two words for time which are Chronos and Kairos.  Chronos refers to chronological or sequential time. Whilst, Kairos refers to an opportune time.  It is during the opportune time and the given moments that we often missed.

In the story of the transfiguration of Jesus, the disciples missed the extraordinary moment of seeing the two old heroes of faith-Moses and Elijah. Their fears blocked them from grabbing that opportunity. We can relate to them because even us have missed God-given moments and failed to seize the moments because our minds are occupied with other things.

  1. MISSING THE MOMENT IS RELATED TO TIME. “And who of you by worrying can add one hour to the length of his life (Matt 6:27).  Regardless of how worried you are you cannot add a single digit of second to your life.

When Jesus fed the multitude with two fish and five loaves, a certain disciple cried out and said, “Lord it is already dark, there is no more time, you better send the people away. We do not have any more time. But during those elements of time, Jesus made a miracle. Jesus never missed a moment. He is not bounded nor pressured by time. He enjoyed and seized every opportunity.  

In comparison to the 1950’s to the millennials in the 21st century, the advancement in technology have expedite the process of completing tasks. But we wonder that in spite of these developments it still feels like as if we are always lacking in time. We tend to always rush therefore missing the moments especially with our family. We can no longer able to rewind the wonderful moments.

It is time for us to take it slowly for a while and enjoy the moments. Let us be present and capture and seize the moment with our God.

2. MISSING THE MOMENT IS RELATED TO LACK. “So do not worry, saying. “What shall we eat? Or what shall we drink? Or, ‘What shall we wear? For the pagans runs after all these, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. (Matt 6: 31-32)

Worries rob happiness and cause us not to enjoy the moment. That is why Jesus said, “Cast all your cares upon me.” (1 Peter 5:7). You should live a life joyfully and not being tormented with worries.

God wants us to be in a position of wealth so we would be able to bless others. But when we chase the things that we do not have and put our hearts to the earthly wealth then we would be missing the moment.

The standard of living versus the standard of life has a big gap. Whether we live in a shanty or in a mansion. It does not matter because after all what we desire a is a good sleep at night anyway. The standard of life should go higher than the standard of living. There should be no competition between the two. The quality of life is what matters most.

“If money is all what you have, then you are poor.”

“The richest man on earths is not the one who have the most wealth but is the person who though does not have anything but still he has the smile and happiness of life.”

Live a life with the joy of God and live in a life of being content. Do not chase the blessings. Let the blessings chase you. As God promised in His words, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt 6:33)

We do not chase our lack. God will reward our needs.

  • MISSING THE MOMENT IS RELATED TO FUTURE. “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough of its own. (Matthew 6:34)

Nowadays, people have mentality of working hard and enjoying the fruit of labour on their retirement. But the bible principle says that now is the time to rejoice!

This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)