When it comes to God calling you to do something, the process in discerning is simple. You just do it. You obey what God is calling you to do. If it’s sin, you can rest assured it’s not from God. But if it isn’t and you feel like it’s from the Lord, do it. As I mentioned in a previous post, misguided obedience in better than no obedience. This is how we grow in our ability to discern what’s from God.
In my experience, when God speaks to us about thing such as who we are (identity), who He is (revelation) or what we have (provision), discernment in these things take a bit more work. The two things I mentioned in my last post took about a year to discern. For others, it may not take that long, but seeing how this is new for me, it took a while. I had to create new patterns and rhythms in my relationship with the Lord in order to engage with him in a new way.
Over the next few weeks I want to share the process I used in discerning what He has said to me. It simply starts with paying attention.
In John 5 Jesus says, “My Father is always at work to this very day and too am working.” Jesus is always present and at work in our lives. He is constantly trying to engage with us. The question is whether or not we are aware of it. A phrase I’ve added to my vocabulary that has helped in learning to pay attention to what God is doing and saying in my life is Kairos Moment.
In the scriptures there are two Greek words used for time. The first is chronos. This is sequential linear time. It’s time that’s measured on a watch and calendar (it’s 6:30pm on Wednesday Nov. 19th). The other word for time is kairos. Kairos is measured not by sequence, but by impact. Karios time are moments that cause us to see our life in a different light.
Kairos time is also kingdom of God time. In Mark 1:14, as Jesus steps into his public ministry he says, “The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” In this verse, the word Jesus uses for time is karios. “The kairos has come…”
Essentially, a kairos moment is when the kingdom of God comes crashing into your life. It’s a moment where God is trying to get your attention in order to reveal something to you about yourselves and/or Himself. These moments can be both positive and negative. They can be major life changing moments (birth of a child, death of a loved one, loss of a job, a move to a new city). Or they can be repeated patterns of behavior that occur over and over (always getting anxious as you leave for work). They can also be moments of self-reflection or moments of great joy and delight.
Often times, these moments blow right past us. We think nothing of them and we miss what God is saying and doing. A way that I have learned to pay attention to these moments is by writing them down. I keep a running list on my smart phone of moments where I believe God is trying to get my attention.
During this past year, while seeking to discern that God had been saying to me, “Everything you want, you already have,” most of my kairos moments were repeated patterns of behavior and emotion as I wrestled with desire, frustration, fear and anxiety about questions such as: What is success in ministry? Is it being a celebrity pastor of a mega church? Will that ever be me? Will I ever “make it?” Is the work that I currently do significant?
By keeping record of these moments, I was able to enter into them. It gave me the ability to go back to pray and process through them with the hopes of discerning what God is up to in my life. But it first started by being aware of these moments and paying attention to them.
1. Where is God trying to get your attention?
2. Are you aware of the kairos moments happening in your life?
3. How can you keep track of them?
Next Monday’s Post: Once you have these moments record, then what?