Friday, June 21, 2013

Ministry of Miracle Moments

An important truth is that God is working quietly in the garden of our lives, filling our “buckets” of daily activities with gifts and skills to be His answers to the prayers of others. Each day presents us with moments and opportunities to experience as well as to share God's grace. Such moments are miracle moments - a time when God meets our needs or the needs of others in a special way or a way that is beyond our abilities.

In his book, You Were Born For This, Bruce Wilkinson makes the point that we are called to a “joint but unequal venture between weak humans and an extraordinary God to pursue His agenda in His way in His time and by His power and for His glory.”

He drew attention to the important difference between doing good works for God in our own strength and being a channel of God’s grace to others by the power of the Holy Spirit. He made the point that we will experience how intimately God knows us and loves us when God intervenes in our everyday lives to meet a need in a special way that is meaningful to us.

To be in the right place at the right time to be God’s delivery agent of a miracle for a person in need is an experience that helps us appreciate, understand and experience the amazing love and grace of God. But we must desire to seek God’s presence as well as cultivate the discipline to wait on God each day.

We tend to see miracles as supernatural events that we cannot explain. In our modern society, we tend to depend on experts, professional and spiritual leaders to help those in need with a human solution instead of seeking to be a partner of God’s Holy Spirit to be God’s solution.

But miracles are the everyday encounters when we are led by the Spirit to be a witness of God’s love, to show compassion and to be God’s instruments of His healing grace and providence to those in need. Miracles are the occasions when people experience God’s answers to their prayers.

The greatest miracle is that God sent His Son to die on the Cross so that we can be new creations in Christ and be His partners in the ministry of miracle moments. Each of us is unique and special and as we spend time waiting on Christ, we will be able to hear God’s voice and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

The biggest obstacle to the ministry of miracle moments is our pride and our desire to be in control of our lives.  When we recognize our need and dependence on God’s Holy Spirit our faith will become the “telegraphic wire which links earth to Heaven, on which God’s messages of love fly so fast that before we call, He answers, and while we are yet speaking He hears us.”

J.R. Miller noted that “many of us cannot be used to become food for the world’s hunger until we are broken in Christ’s hands. Christ’s blessing often means sorrow, but even sorrow is not too great a price to pay for the privilege of touching other lives with benediction. The sweetest things in this world have come to us through tears and pain.”

We will do well to put into practice the following advice by Elisabeth Kubler Ross:

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.”

As we do so, may we experience God’s answer to the prayer of Paul:

“I pray for you constantly, asking God the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called – His holy people who are  His rich and glorious inheritance.” Ephesians 1:17-18

May God open our eyes to His ministry of miracle moments.

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