Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Well, it happened again, and it probably won’t be the last time either - I forgot where I left my cell phone. Fortunately, it wasn’t that difficult to find. I used the house phone to call myself. As soon as I heard the familiar ring-tone, I said to myself, “Of course, that’s exactly where I was when I put it down!”
We are prone to forget things at times. While some items aren’t as critical as others, still, it’s rather frustrating! It can happen with the Gospel as well. Christ followers are prone to forget its powerful message. I’m not the first to mention this. Paul made it clear in writing to the Corinthians, “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel…”
Knowing our human condition, let me remind you of some things lest we fall into the same cycle of forgetfulness.
Because we are caught up in thinking about so many things, our families, friends, education, jobs—the things which make up our lives—we forget about Jesus. It’s not that we don’t know Him, but we are forgetful of Him.
Likewise, we can forget about the Christian community. Over 50 times in the New Testament you’ll find the words, “one another” — serve one another, love one another, et al. We are not to go at it alone, we need each other.
We can also forget about the Scriptures. There are some Christ followers that will go days, weeks, and even months without picking up their Bibles. I like to refer to the Bible as The Human Repair Manual. The more we dig into it, the more likely we’ll run on all cylinders.
Don’t forget about sin as well. Apart from faith in Christ, we are sinners. When we are mindful of that, we know our daily need of a Savior.
Finally, don’t forget that you are forgiven! You are a new creation in Christ. Don’t fall into the trap that you are above forgiveness. Since God has forgiven you, then you are forgiven — end of story!
One way to fight forgetfulness is to remember Jesus. Make it a habit to remember that He lived for you, He died for you, He rose from the grave for you. He did it in order to forgive your sins and make new life with Him possible.
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2