Posted by: Sherry Goodwin | November 14, 2007

Our Moments Kept for Jesus

“Look back through the history of the Church in all ages, and mark how often a great work and mighty influence grew out of a mere moment in the life of one of God’s servants; a mere moment, but overshadowed and filled with the fruitful power of the Spirit of God. The moment may have been spent in uttering five words, but they have fed five thousand, or even five hundred thousand. Or it may have been lit by the flash of a thought that has shone into hearts and homes throughout the land, and kindled torches that have been borne into earth’s darkest corners. The rapid speaker or the lonely thinker little guessed what use his Lord was making of that single moment. There was no room in it for even a thought of that. If that moment had not been, though perhaps unconsciously, ‘kept for Jesus,’ but had been otherwise occupied, what a harvest of His praise would have been missed!

The same thing is going on every day. It is generally a moment—either an opening or a culminating one—that really does the work. It is not so often a whole sermon as a single short sentence in it that wings God’s arrow to a heart. It is seldom a whole conversation that is the means of bringing about the desired result, but some sudden turn of thought or word, which comes with electric touch of God’s power. Sometimes it is less than that; only a look (and what is more momentary?) has been used by Him for the pulling down of strongholds. Again, in our own quiet waiting upon God, as moment after moment glides past in the silence at His feet, the eye resting upon a page of His Word, or only looking up to Him through the darkness, have we not found that He can so irradiate one passing moment with His light that its rays never die away, but shine on and on through days and years? Are not such moments proved to have been kept for Him? And if some, why not all?

The view of moments seems to make it clearer that it is impossible to serve two masters, for it is evident that the service of a moment cannot be divided. If it is occupied in the service of self, or any other master, it is not at the Lord’s disposal; He cannot make use of what is already occupied.

Oh, how much we have missed by not placing them at His disposal! What might He not have done with the moments freighted with self or loaded with emptiness, which we have carelessly let drift by! Oh, what might have been if they had all been kept for Jesus! How He might have filled them with His light and life, enriching our own lives that have been impoverished by the waste, and using them in far-spreading blessing and power!

–Frances Ridley Havergal, from KEPT FOR THE MASTER’S USE, written shortly before her death in 1879

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  1. […] November 26, at 2pm Central Time at our website or listen to the archive later. You can read a brief excerpt of Havergal’s here, on the incredible power of a moment, consecrated to Jesus Christ. I hope to post more of her […]

  2. Thank you, Ingrid, for exposing hundreds of people to beloved Frances Havergal. I have long been a “fan” of this dear saint. I count among my treasures an original little volume “My King and His Service.” It is clearly late 1800’s edition but strangely, no copyright page as part of the print. It is by the HENRY ALTEMUS COMPANY of Philadelphia.
    I will enjoy keeping abreast of the progress of Havergal Project. Please add me to your email list of those who are interested in receiving new entries and information regarding your project.
    I will have to now look into this new biography which I hope to deliver to myself for Christmas;-)
    God bless your ministry. I’ve only just recently found Laodocia, etc.
    Lori
    Houston, TX

  3. Dear Ingrid,

    I am so glad the LORD has placed a desire in you to pass her works on to others. Two years ago, you did a show where you mentioned the Royal Books. I was able to order them, and they have been an immeasurable blessing to my life.

    I am so thankful for this posting, too. This reminder of the importance of moments was muchly needed by me.

    “The view of moments seems to make it clearer that it is impossible to serve two masters, for it is evident that the service of a moment cannot be divided. If it is occupied in the service of self, or any other master, it is not at the Lord’s disposal; He cannot make use of what is already occupied.”

    With much thanks to you and our glorious God, Kim


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