Magnificent Moment

“A Magnificent Moment” is what the President of our church body, The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod called the times in which we live.  Does this seem like a “magnificent moment” for you?  With all the unrest in our world, the striff in our families and often it times seems like there is little hope for the future, this may well not seem like a “magnificent moment” for you at all.

When Dr. Matthew Harrison used those words a few weeks ago, he was speaking about opportunities that our church body was being exposed to through out the world.  He noted that a very large amount of Lutherans wish to be in fellowship with us because of our conservative stand on the Scriptures.  I rejoice in this good news.

However, there are more reasons that make this a “magnificent moment” in our times.  While it is true that it seems the world is “going to hell in a hand basket” the truth is that God is still in control and for those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, this is truely  a “magnificent moment.”

It’s such a moment, because the Christian lives under the umbrella of God’s grace and mercy with the assurance of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  That means that no matter what may or may not happen in this world around us, we are certain of the outcome.  We are as St. Paul notes in Ephesians 2:6 “seated with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”   Indeed we live in a “magnificent moment” and the best of the best because of who we are and who we belong to.

Come to think about it, every moment is a “magnificent moment” no matter where we are for Christ has promised to be with us to the very end of the age.  As we serve in our vocations, Christ Jesus is with us and through His Spirit empowers us to serve the world around us.  And when we serve others in Christ’s name it becomes a “magnificent moment for them, because through our service they receive God’s mercy and grace.  In fact it should be the goal of every Christian to make sure our world is filled with “magnificent moments” every day.  When we do that, we bring God’s love and forgiveness to a world that is in dire need of some good news – some “magnificent moments.”

 

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