One Moment in Time by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II
Hebrews 11:24-26 (KJV) “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”
I’ve often been intrigued by these Scriptures. When I need to encourage myself to be persistent in my faith, I turn to Hebrews Chapter 11, or think on these Scriptures. Except for Christ, everyone named in this Chapter were normal, everyday human beings that had three things in common – they ALL needed salvation, they looked to God for their future security, and they had “One Moment in Time” that determined their legacies!
When I meditate on Moses, as stated in today’s Scripture, I am drawn to how he chose to bypass a fleeting “sin for a season,” to secure a legacy that was in the future. He chose to secure his “today” so he could secure his “tomorrow.”
Let’s review some of God’s list of names in His “Hall-of-Faith” …
- Abel chose his “One Moment in Time” to honor God in the manner prescribed by God. It mattered little that he would incur the wrath of his jealous brother. His sacrifice gained the applause of God. Abel is the first man to be the example of how one must play to the “Audience of One!” God’s “applause” is still echoing in heaven!
- Enoch had one desire that motived everything he did. He only wanted to “Please God!” Scripture does not record much about Enoch; however, there is enough presented to challenge our hearts and expose his heart. Because Enoch lived in such a manner that God was “Pleased,” we still read about his “One Moment in Time,” wherein God “translated” him out of this world into His Celestial City. Without a doubt, everything Enoch did prepared him for this “One Moment in Time!”
- Noah was willing to face ridicule, and probable accusations of senility, when he accepted God’s command to build an ark in a desert land. It does not require much intuition or insight to understand that every moment that Noah spent on planning the design, planing the wood, and placing the framework together, prepared Noah and his family for their “One Moment in Time” wherein God lifted them above His wrath.
- Abraham’s “One Moment in Time” set the rest of his life in motion. At the end of his life he would bear the name, “Friend of God.” His “One Moment in Time” was when he “obeyed, and went out, not knowing whither he went.”
I am greatly encouraged when I look to the latter part of God’s list of names in His “Hall-of-Faith” …
- Rahab was a gentile harlot who recognized that the God of Israel was God. She learned to “fear” Him more than the retribution she would face for betraying the inhabitants of Jericho. Her “One Moment in Time” presented the opportunity for her family and herself to escape the wrath of God.
- Gideon’s “One Moment in Time,” which manifested itself on a threshing-floor while he was hiding from the Midianites, prepared him to become a “Mighty Man of Valor.” He was no longer known as a “Coward,” he is remembered as a “Conqueror!”
- Samson’s “One Moment in Time” was when he requested the young man that led him around to place his hands on the pillars in the great hall of the Philistines. You will recall that he had been taken captive and made blind. His captors made fun of him and kept bragging that their god was greater than Samson’s God. Scripture reports that he killed more in his death (“One Moment of Time”) than in all his life before.
I am particularly encouraged with those listed in the latter part of Hebrews 11 because they emphasize how God is the “God of the Second Chance!”
I had the opportunity to counsel a young man recently. It seems that he allowed himself to get caught up in a web that the enemy had spun. His father reached out to me and requested that I speak with him and his son about the importance of making right choices.
The Lord prompted me to present one of the core principles He placed into my heart a long time ago – the results of today’s decisions rarely evidence themselves until many months, or years, later. “One Moment in Time” will most likely determine our eternal legacy!
David is a prime example of this principle. You see, I believe David had three, principal “Moments in Time” …
- David slew Goliath. This is still one of the favorite Bible stories taught to children and adults. It was a fantastic “One Moment in Time!”
- David slept with Bathsheba. This “One Moment in Time” overshadowed David’s legacy. This would cost him in the death of his son Absolom His kingdom would be ripped apart, and his family would despise him.
- David sought the Lord. David repented of his sins. When he fell down before God in repentance, this “One Moment in Time” would secure his eternal destiny; but, it would not erase the consequences of his sin.
I’ve often wondered, what would David’s legacy have been if he allowed the “One Moment in Time” when he stood before Goliath to have determined the rest of his life and the legacy he left behind. Many still say today, “Yes, David killed Goliath, but he also killed Uriah!”
Our lives will be the sum of many moments in time; however, our legacy will most probably be summed up by “One Moment in Time.” Obviously, we need to make every moment count!