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God’s Will and the Value of a Moment

It’s hard to live our lives being fully present. It’s difficult to connect the dots that the seemingly mundane or unrelated things we do today prepares and carries us into our future in hundreds of ways.

Jamie George talks about this in his book, Poets and Saints, saying,

We’re the beneficiaries of the moment. Would we but rein in our striving and cease our complaining, we would have eyes to see the value that surrounds us.

Making a decision now to give when you may not see a return for 10, 20, or 50 years requires you to have a different value system. Choosing to love the broken, hurting, oppressed around you now when you may only ever see a reward in eternity can feel daunting.

But do you see the value?

Objects are not sought-after commodities in God. He didn’t fill the scriptures with admonition to search out literal diamonds and gold and silver. He said to seek His kingdom first and everything you need will be added to you.

He didn’t instruct us to do everything in our strength to gain influence and power. He said He would leave the ninety-nine to go after the one who was lost.

In the moments of our life, God’s value is placed on relationship with Him and others as well as whoever may be in need and currently in front of us. Each moment contains a decision to value as He values or take our own view (cultural, societal, experiential, etc.).

Choosing His love and compassion fills the moment to overflowing with promise and hope. Cursing it because you don’t see how it relates to your “calling” damns us to missing out completely.

Mr. George goes on to quote famed English author George MacDonald,

“I find that doing the will of God leaves me no time to be disputing about His plans.”

The will of God is a moment by moment expression of Kingdom reality. Rather than living with the “will of God” always out of reach with a mission field, occupation, or whatever else–you are called to demonstrate His nature and care in the here and now.

In doing that, you won’t need to fixate on how God’s plans will come together. They will unfold with every act of love, every step of grace, every touch of kindness, every breath of mercy that you offer.

As I said previously, take joy that He knows the plans He has for you. He’s not looking for or waiting on you to figure out how to get out of your current struggle, frustration, or predicament. He’s inviting you to see the value all around you whether it be in task, places, people, or relationship.

Take a deep breath and choose today to be present.

What are your thoughts on this? You feel you have this figured out or do you struggle?

2 Comments

  1. God is here and now and in the everyday moments of our lives. May we embrace the present as a priceless gift, and leave the future up to Him.
    Blessings, Jason!

    • I know it’s easier said than done, but it’s the best way to live because we live in trusting Him. Thanks so much, Martha.

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