In Your Aha Moments

And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

─ Luke 23:42-43 ESV

In Your Aha Moments

An aha moment is a sudden moment in time when you experience a realization, an inspiration, a recognition, some sort of comprehension of something that you didn’t know before. Maybe it’s sitting in a class or small group where you’re learning something, or perhaps it happens when you’re reading Scripture, or you’ve gone through a bad experience and all of a sudden you have a moment of realization of something you didn’t know before.

The Bible is full of examples of those powerful moments God used to reveal how people can be in the same situation, see the same thing, have the same aha experience and make two different choices.

For example, Jesus hung on one of three crosses. He was crucified in the middle with a thief on either side of him. One of the criminals blasphemed Jesus saying, “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us,” but on the other side of Jesus, the second thief had an aha moment. He saw Jesus as the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Answering the first thief, the second rebuked him and said, “Do you not even fear God seeing you are under the same condemnation?” Then he said to Jesus in our verse today, “Lord, remember me when you go into the kingdom today.”

We can choose one of these two reactions when something is revealed to us by God or someone else. We can choose humility or stubbornness. One thief responded stubbornly, and the other decided to be very humble.

It’s how you react to those very particular important moments in time – those powerful moments – that determine how you will use your own aha moment.

Today’s One Thing

When was your last aha moment? How did you respond? This week be very intentional to hear the quiet voice of God, whether it’s a whisper in your heart, a Scripture you read, an incident you witness or an experience you have. And in that moment humbly ask, “God, what are you revealing to me?”

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