My friend, may I ask you a question? We all have those moments in life, when we reach the pinnacle of the moment. Can these moments be redeemed? Or, are these moments a transaction and a moving on?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I have a friend. His name is Jake. I’ve known him for many years and he’s a man of integrity and, even more commending, I would call him transactive. What do I mean by that? He wrote me recently to tell me that he was moving from Iowa to Colorado. He’d been with a company for over twenty years and had worked his way up to CEO. Then, as so often is the case with small aggressive companies, a bigger company came in and bought the company he worked for. Being a man of integrity, he dealt with it as a CEO would, with honesty and a sincere purpose to preserve the hope of what could be under new ownership. That’s what a leader does when those who work for and with him are disposed to trust; believing he will make whatever transition necessary to preserve their jobs. In the end the new owner wanted to go in one direction, a direction Jake didn’t deem profitable for all. The transactive moment had arrived. Move in, back up or move out. He moved out. It was time for him to leave. He came to a moment of transaction and there was no looking back. Linked to the moment, life was transitioning to Colorado.
We all have those moments in life, when we reach the pinnacle of the moment and stare straight into the face of decision. Those moments are not only memorable, they are are transactitory. Life is not the same because there is no redeeming the moment, only a coming unto it and moving one way or another with it.
Oswald Chambers writes. “Never allow a truth of God that is brought home to your soul to pass without acting on it, not necessarily physically, but in will. . . . We have to go clean over on some word of our redeeming Lord and transact business with Him. His word ‘come’ means ‘transact.’ ‘Come unto Me.’ The last thing we do is to come; but everyone who does come knows that that second the supernatural rush of the life of God invades him instantly. The dominating power of the world, the flesh and the devil is paralysed (sic), not by your act, but because your act has linked you on to God and His redemptive power.” (My Utmost for His Highest, November 4)
The Apostle James writes: “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)” How can you and I come near to God? Doesn’t Scripture tell us that God draws us near to him by his Holy Spirit? (John 16:8) This is, of course, universally true; God comes to us with his Spirit and a conversion is undertaken. Nonetheless, you could place the words “When you…” right before the “Come” and you’d get a better understanding of the Greek in which James penned this passage. It’s important here to understand that James is talking about transacting with God, being drawn by the Spirit into a relationship that requires us to be transacting, able to transact a decision to go and speak the gospel to others. Whether or not we succeed is not the important thing. What’s important is the moment of transaction. It’s the prize, and no one can change that. My friend Jake moved on, as his moment was done. He met the necessity of the moment and transacted it. He lost his job, but not the moment. That’s all that mattered for him, and all that matters for us every day.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for drawing us to yourself by your Holy Spirit. Forgive us Lord when we are not able to meet with you spiritually face to face and turn that moment into deed. Help us to remember Lord that success belongs to you and not to us. Our job is to transact your covenant and you will do with it as you deem right. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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