Summary: Decisions we make today impact our future for His kingdom; Pain may play a role in your future; truth today will transform your future; pleasing God is the purpose of your future
DEFINING MOMENTS – PART THREE
TRUSTING IN THE FUTURES
JOSHUA 24:14-18 - DR. LARRY L. THOMPSON (2015)
(Pastor opens with story of visit by President of Insurance Company – “You’ve just made the biggest mistake in your life!”)
Cody Delistraty has published his study, “Seven Ways People Define Us.”
Sociologists say one of the best ways to judge a person’s character is by watching the way they order coffee. Ordering coffee is such a daily mundane task and yet listen to what the author says:
“Pay close attention to how people order their coffee. There’s no practical reason to be kind, patient or even to tip decently to the person waiting on you. Most people only see the cup a coffee; they fail to see the person who serves them. Many people are talking about their own personal “defining moments” in life. However, in their preoccupation with self, they have missed great opportunities to be the catalyst for a defining moment in the lives of others.” Dr. Cody Delistraty
Let’s start with clarifying a defining moment in life: A defining moments is a choice that you make, or an incident that happens to you, which causes something in your life to dramatically change. The defining moment is something that will forever define some aspect of your life.
All of us will experience many opportunities of defining moments throughout our lifetimes. Some major defining moments would include:
• Getting Married
• Having Children
• Your first job
• College Graduation
• A Divorce
• The Death of a Family Member
• Committing your life to Jesus Christ
Two important facts about defining moments:
• You are not limited to just one defining moment in life.
• Defining moments will impact your life; so much so, you will never be the same again.
The Bible is a great place to see good examples defining moments. Today I want us to look at the futures. Some people say it is good idea to invest in futures, others tell us to stay away from futures. However, today I want to illustrate a sure bet when you consider your spiritual futures and I want to use Joshua as the example. Here is a young man that was mentored by Moses and when the time came for his more important challenge in a defining moment he was ready to meet the challenge with faith.
“When Moses had finished giving these instructions to all the people of Israel, 2 he said, “I am now 120 years old, and I am no longer able to lead you. The LORD has told me, ‘You will not cross the Jordan River.’ 3 But the LORD your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy the nations living there, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua will lead you across the river, just as the LORD promised.” Deut. 31:1-3 (NLT)
This was a defining moment for Moses, it was a defining moment for Joshua, it was a defining moment for the Children of Israel and it would be an historical and spiritual defining moment for who love the Lord and are followers of Christ.