I Corinthians 15:51-52 says—Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed –in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
What does a beauty contest, delivering a lunch, having a conversation with a stranger, and a well-known celebrity accepting an invitation from a childhood friend all have in common? It may surprise you to know that ALL of these ordinary moments became extraordinary encounters with God!
The beauty contest happened centuries ago when a young girl named Esther won thecontest, was crowned as Queen and would ultimately save her own people from annihilation. The one who was delivering a lunch to his brothers was doing so at the time of battle and David would end up slaying the giant, Goliath, with a stone from a sling. Taking time to have a conversation with a stranger was all it took for Peter to explain who Jesus was to the curious Ethiopian – and later he baptized him.
Some moments like these have a specific purpose to become extraordinary encounters.
Now, think about your life… Are there any moments in your life that you see as ordinary that God could use in such a way that they too, become extraordinary? Think about the people you see on a daily basis, the conversations that you have within a week or the lives you touch throughout the year. Does it remind you of something specific that God is doing or is waiting to do in your life?
We are given many opportunities in our lives which can lead to encounters with God, when we choose to follow Him in the ordinary routine choices that we make. However, it goes without saying that before we can follow Him we first must accept Jesus’ invitation.
In the above verse, we read about a flash that will take place one day in the future.
When we think of a flash, it is often thought of as something bright and fast like lightning, something that makes a sudden entrance and a quick exit because of its brevity. However, this particular flash is one that will be un-settling to a world who does NOT know Christ as their Personal Savior and in that moment there will be no time left for them to make that decision for Jesus.
If I may go back to the above example that I mentioned earlier and close by sharing one last ordinary moment that turned extraordinary… The celebrity made a choice to change his plans and took a charter after he decided to accept a childhood friend’s invitation and celebrate with him on his big day. The prompt change in travel plans would later be revealed as a Divine Appointment with God that spared his life because the flight he had originally planned to fly on – was none other than the fatal flight of #93, which crashed on that tragic day of September 11th, 2001.
Like the celebrity who made a choice to accept his friend’s invitation and thereby his life was spared to live another day… so it is when we choose to accept Jesus’ invitation to us – our lives are spared to live with Him forever.
Just remember… whether you are a Believer or NOT, living an extraordinary life with God or an ordinary one without him… one day everything will be done, over and gone in a flash.
Question is… will you have made the right choice in the end, within the time that you have left now?
Extra Verse References for Personal Study:
Esther Chapter’s 1-10, I Samuel Chapter 17, Acts 8:32-38, Mark 13:32-37, John 3:16,
I Peter 3:15, I Thessalonians 5:1-2, I Thessalonians 4:13-18