Looking back over your entire lifetime, was there a single experience that would be classified as a crucible event?

One of the definitions of the word crucible is the overcoming a trial or difficult circumstance.

The dictionary uses an example of the word crucible as a time when one would attempt to climb Mount Everest with their legs tied together.

The crucible life event this Words of Hope deals with is one experience that surpasses all other events in one’s lifetime.

This is not an easy question nor should it be. A lifetime is filled with many many life-changing events. Yet there is one crucible moment that stands out above all else.

For Susie King Crowell, a warm, 1966 Saturday in Coeur’d Alene, Idaho was a crucible moment. After months of illness, Dr. Jane told Susie her problem was not physical. The doctor’s recommendation was a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

When Susie looked directly into my eyes she said. “I love you, Fred, I just did the most important thing I have ever done. I invited Jesus to be my Lord and Savior.”

For Josh Burton after a week watching his beautiful daughter play basketball and listen to powerful messages, his crucible moment came a week later. Driving in Kauai, his home, Joshua decided to live 100% for Jesus Christ. Cold turkey he tossed out his cigarettes. A blackout binge drinker Josh quit alcohol as well. The Burton family rejoiced in having a new dad and a new husband. NBC celebrated a new Camp in Kauai with Josh Burton as a leader.

The reason Jesus Christ is a crucible moment for millions and millions of people in every country, all races and among all walks of life is because He and He alone is qualified to forgive our sins, because Jesus knew no sin but became sin for us that we might have a brand new nature, not just an old nature working harder and harder to be good and truthful, pure and holy.

The Crucible moment with Jesus Christ is not what we do. It is about what He has done, is doing, and will do in our lives.

Paul says if any man is in Christ he is a new creature old things passed away all things become new.