At That Moment

Baptism ceremony at the Jordan RiverThere have been moments in my life that have redirected the whole course of my life. I was thinking back this morning to that moment in 3rd grade when I decided to follow Jesus and be obedient to Him in baptism. I was baptized at Columbia Christian Church in Columbia, Kentucky. The small church we attended didn’t have a baptistery at the time. It was cold weather at the time so we drove 20 miles to a nearby town for my baptism. It was a Sunday afternoon and just a small group of people made the trip but it was a life-altering moment. I was reborn at that moment. I had chosen to start following Jesus. I was reminded of this moment in my life as I was reading about Jesus baptism. Check this out…

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:12-17 NIV)

The Holy Spirit came on Jesus at the moment of His baptism. Those three words jumped into my lap this morning. There are times in life when in a moment everything changes. My perspective can be changed in a moment. My direction can be changed in a moment. My life here on earth can end in a moment. Life is really made up of lots of moments strung together into minutes, hours, days, weeks and years.  I want this moment of my life to be big as I continue to walk out my faithfulness to the Lord. I wish I could say that I’ve stayed on tract with Him since my 3rd Grade “moment”. I wish I could say that I never surrender to temptation. I just don’t ever want to quit listening to the call of grace on my soul. His mercy and grace calls me back again and again. Otherwise, I would have no hope. I simply can’t live a sinless life. I’m so thankful that He made a way for me to know God in the first place. I’m so thankful for the “moment of mercy” where I’m not condemned but forgiven. What a moment that is!

Pressing On!

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