I’m a big U2 fan. Their song, Stuck in a Moment, describes where so many Christians end up (leaders included). We so easily get stuck in the past, or stuck in the future, yet the only moment God has given us to live is this current moment—trusting Him with a past we can’t change and a future we can’t know. Leaders want to accomplish—it’s how God wired us—it’s good. But the shadow side is living in past regrets, or future worries. When leaders do not experience the moments of life with Jesus, we end up with very shallow roots, and missing the path to accomplishing what He intended. Paul prayed for the church (and its leaders) in Ephesians 3:16-21 for these qualities to be deeply rooted in us:
Strength for The Moment. “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” (3:16-17) If leaders in the church are not strengthened in their inner being, we get easily taken down in the battle of ministry. Strength comes from walking step by step with his Spirit, which only happens moment by moment.
This is what we’re trying to establish with the 60:60 reminders (SoulRevolution)—in place of the habit of ignoring God most moments of the day, we’re reminding ourselves to Pay Attention, Listen, and Respond in faith. We won’t find strength mulling over the past regrets, past defeats, or past struggles. We won’t find strength out in an uncertain future. We find strength in this moment for the moments to come. Are you aware of God’s Spirit, who wants to strengthen your inner being out of His overflowing resources this moment?
Love in the Moment. “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (3:17-19) There is a Love so powerful, it reorients our little self-consumed worlds. That Love is the most powerful force on earth. It alone is the force that will triumph over all the evil forces of darkness.
But those leading the church must first be rooted in that Love, learning to experience and draw nourishment from that Love, or we end up working only in our own power (which quickly depletes us). Love can only be experienced in the present moment. Do you meditate on (use your imagination to mull over) what God says is true about his great Love for you? Do you speak to God through the moments of the day about his love? Do you receive it moment by moment in order to be filled up with the fullness of God himself?
Immeasurably More from the Moment. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations.” (3:20-21) This is the path to accomplishing immeasurably more than our power can ever achieve—live in the moment with the One who will strengthen you, empower you with His love, and direct your life to be a powerful force in the world for his glory—a glory that you will share one day for eternity. Until then…