Please Remind Me

My beloved wife often will say to me concerning something she needs to remember, “Please remind me.”  I must confess I often think, “How can I remind her of something that is not even on my radar.”  Usually when I think this, the Spirit of conviction comes and reminds me of the following, “What is important to the one you love should be important to you.”

This truth came into focus as I read II Peter in my quite time.  The Apostle Peter is addressing believers we are being mentally assaulted by those who are trying to tear down the gospel.  Notice what Peter writes, “I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by the way of reminder.” 1:13. At this point it is crucial that we be reminded of what he was reminded these first century believers.  “For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty,” 1:16.

The church needed and always needs to be reminded of the gospel which is the message of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection.  As followers of Christ we are often challenged to stick with the gospel in our attempt to engage a lost and dying world.  For example, “People come to us for help with their marriage.  We listen compassionately to their situation and then the challenge comes. How do we give advice?  Do we focus on the gospel which says, “Man’s biggest problem is his sin nature and he must be redeemed.”  Or do we focus on trying to moralize the situation by saying, “If you would do this or if you would change this I think your marriage would get better.”  Brothers and sisters, the gospel is the answer.

We face the challenge in our encounters with our neighbors.  They share with us about the things they like, the thinks they dislike, and then the challenge comes.  They ask you, “what do you like and what do you dislike.”  At this moment the gospel can be in the forefront or it can be placed on the back burner.   Here is what Peter wrote, “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people out you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God…” 3:11-12a

This world is coming to an end.  The things of this world are going to be destroyed.  At this moment it is crucial that we are reminded of the gospel.  Because of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection we have the salvation, eternal life, and heaven.  These are the things I like.  Sin, sorrow, and Satan will be no more in heaven.  These things we hate here.  This is the gospel.

Just as Sherry asks me to remind her of things she needs to remember, I need to ask my Father to remind me of the things I need to remember.  This is my prayer today. This is also my prayer for you today.

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