Now is Your Moment
October 3, 2010
The Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Godlefski, Pastor
Montgomery United Methodist Church
2 Timothy 1:5
5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.
The Empowering Word
There is a word that I would like to lift up from the Scripture this morning that I just think is so beautiful. I would like you to carry this word with you into this week and I would like this to be our watch word. This word is so beautiful it reminds me of a sight I see at breakfast in the morning.
The window in my dining room faces East, toward the rising sun. In that window hangs a star-shaped crystal. On a bright sunny morning, the sun hits it in just a certain way that all this radiant light dazzles from the crystal prism and casts rainbows through out the room. On that prism is often a point of shining light with colors so wonderfully pure - the richest red, and green, and blue, and orange - entrancingly beautiful. That point of clearest color reminds me of the word that we are going to explore in the Scripture today. What is that word?
The word we are looking at is: now. “Now”, is the word I am hoping you will carry into the week with you. Now is your moment. This is the acceptable time. This is the moment to seize, right now. I am proposing that this week we defeat procrastination. There is no time like the present.
We are looking at the second verse of the Epistle from St. Paul to his adopted son in the faith, Timothy.
To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God-whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did-when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.
"Now, I am sure - lives in you." Now is the time for our faith. Now is the time for action. There is no time like the present.
The Cost of Delay
Sometimes we procrastinate, don’t we? A minister tells a story of his son who is now 23 and has children of his own. When his son was in 6th grade, he got an assignment from his English teacher. The assignment was to bring in your family’s favorite recipe. He knew about the assignment one month in advance and just put it off and put it off. The day came when it was due and he was sitting in class. The teacher said, “Please hand in your assignments, now.” The boy was totally panicked because he had forgotten all about it and didn’t have his family’s favorite recipe. Luckily, a friend sitting nearby said he had an extra and offered it to the boy. So the boy took the extra, put his name on it and wrote, The Southerland Family Favorite Recipe, on the top of the page and handed it in just in the nick of time. The teacher accepted it. Nothing more was said and some time went by.
Parent Teacher conferences came up. Reverend Southerland and his wife attended and the teacher said to the couple, “This is a little strange, I didn’t quite know what to make of this. But I will let you be the judge.” The teacher handed them the paper titled, The Southerland Family Favorite Recipe, Bacardi Double Rum Cake. (much laughter from the congregation) I don’t know how they felt about that, but sometimes it pays to get things done in a timely way. So let’s seize the moment. Let’s take action in the present.
I love this reading from the Daily Word:
I live in the eternal now of spirit. Putting things off until tomorrow is simply putting them off altogether. When I delay in getting things done, it may be because I do not want to do them at all. When I accept what is, I then have an opportunity to move forward without delay. All effort, work and accomplishment take place in the present, not in the future. I release my tendency to put things off and I begin. If I am slow in getting things done, I can map them out and approach them one by one. In the glorious now spirit, there is no more delay or procrastination.
Oh, by the way, I am preaching to myself, too, you know? (Congregation laughs). This is something I need to think about myself. I am inviting us all to take advantage of the remarkable note that Paul strikes in this Scripture when he says Your ancestors, your Dear Ones in the Faith, your grandmother and mother were building you a foundation and now is your moment. Now it is up to you. You're on stage now. This is your moment.
Settle With Your Adversaries - Quickly
In another point in the Scripture Jesus reinforces this "now" point again. He says, agree with your adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him…. (Matt 5:25). Don’t put things off or let them fester. Take care of the disagreements right away. Do it now, and things will be a lot better. Now is the moment for action. Let’s not delay. Push through the feeling of “I don’t feel like it” and do it now.
Listen To Your Angel's Voice
There is great benefit and joy when you get things accomplished. I have a feeling that I call “listening to my angel's voice”. There is a little voice that whispers in my ear and says, “Do this job now. Take care of this now, make this call. Write this email.” When I listen to this angel voice, things go quite well, but if I don’t, they don’t go nearly as well.
Please listen to your angel voice. Know that God will empower you with special energy as you seize the remarkable “now” moment.
Make a Decision for Faith
Paul tells Timothy that the great foundation for faith was laid down by your grandmother and your mom. Perhaps you have been feeling the Lord knocking at your door. Perhaps you have been thinking about faith. Perhaps faith is newly interesting to you. My dear friends, I believe that Jesus is knocking at your door to renew your faith, to restore it-calling you to make a decision for Him. I pray that you don’t delay. I pray that you do it now, let this be the morning. As you come forward for Holy Communion, why not say, Lord Jesus I need you in my life. The door to my heart is open, please enter. I surrender and open myself to you. I am deciding for You this morning. Let now be your moment of decision. Let it be today.
Your Moment of Blessing Is Now
My friends, please don’t forget that today is your moment of blessing. You must be open to Him. My mom used to say to me, “Anthony, don’t go to Niagara Falls with a tin cup.” God has so much more than he has ever given away. Let’s have faith in today and faith in the future. Now is your time, now is your moment. I pray that you would grasp this idea and receive it and rejoice in it. Let this be the wonderful time for you, a time of decision and a time of blessing and a time of action. God wants it for you.
God loves you. I do, too. Have a blessed week.
© 2010 Anthony J. Godlefski