National BBQ News – Give it to God – Jeff Petkevicius
“Own the Moment” – What a very cool and catchy phrase that my wife has incorporated into her little company that makes a training aid for classical voice students. In their world of performing, fear and anxiety are a huge obstacle that they face. It can destroy a performance and they all know it. Caroline has taken on the mission to encourage students on Social Media with encouraging messages around the theme – Own the Moment!
When we look at this crazy thing we call life, ALL we have is – This Moment. The past is the past, the future is never guaranteed. This Moment is what we decide to make it. God’s glory gives us the control stick to decide how we spend our moments, where we invest them. Of course, God wants us to use them for His glory, but He gives us the choice.
For years, my life was all about me, me and more of ME. Being blessed with intellect, whit, energy, motivation, dedication, discipline, it was a toxic cocktail for going through life running over and hurting people that I cared about to get what made ME happy. It took the courage and conviction of a dear friend to point that out to me in a blunt way. At that – moment – I knew I was headed to hell forever if I continued on the path of decisions I had made. I also knew that the pattern would continue of hurting those I love with my decisions…. It was time… It was time to surrender my life, give up on trying to do it my way… It was time to make Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.
That moment – I OWNED that MOMENT – and made the absolute best decision of my life. I gave my heart and soul to Jesus for Him to use me for the rest of my heartbeats to serve, honor and glorify Him with my LIFE!
It was scary, I had no idea what it meant, what I would do, how I would act. It really was a vulnerable moment like an infant child, which is exactly what I was – Born Again!
For those of you that know me, for however long you’ve known me, I hope you see what that looks like in my life. I pray that you see the amazing power of God’s grace to save a wretch like ME! That same saving power, miraculous gift, is available to each and every one of us. It just takes surrender and crying out to Jesus to save us! Salvation is a gift from God. There is no way we can earn it, we just have to accept it.
Are you there? Are you Saved? Now is YOUR MOMENT! Own this moment – Give your whole heart to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior!
[Rom 10:9-11 NLT] 9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced."
11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. [Rom 8:11 NLT]
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere--in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." [Act 1:8 NLT]
12 "I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. [Jhn 14:12 NLT]
13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. [Phl 4:13 NLT]
4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. [1Jo 4:4 NLT]
What are you waiting for J
Jeff Loves Jesus and since being saved... born-again... my desire is to work for Him in whatever capacity that becomes. :)