An old wise man once told me, “In life never forget where you came from or where you have been. One day your memory will not be the same. Before you know it, it’ll be the second thing to go.” I asked, “So what was the first thing to go? His response was, “Funny, I don’t remember.”
Although this was a funny story there is some truth to it. In life, there will come a day where our memories of places, people and possessions will fade into the darkeness of time. Some of us may even have the unfortunate experience of dimensia or alzheimers disease shredding our minds into a mixed soup of chaos. However, no matter what this life may bring, no matter how good or bad you may have it, there is one area we all need to adhere to. That is a call to remember.
In Scripture, God calls His people to remember things. In Exodus 20, God says to remember that He is the God who brought Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. In Leviticus and Deuteronomy, God places festivals, sacrifices and traditions in order for His people to remember where they came from, what their history is and what their future holds. For Israel, it was and still is a command to remember.
For the Church, we also have a call to rememberance. On the night that Jesus was betrayed, He broke bread and poured wine and told the disciples, “Do this in rememberance of Me.” This is not simply a tradition filled with solemness and gratitude, but rather a tool from the Almighty to us for the sole purpose of remembering what Christ did for us on the cross. It is a time for His church to remember that Jesus gave His life for us, so that we can have a relationship with God the Father for all eternity.
Currently, I am working on sermon series called, “Do you remember?” It is based on Paul’s letter to Colossae where Paul reminds them of these four things:
1. Remember where you came from
2. Remember who rescued you.
3. Remember who you are becoming
4. Remember who your family is
Throughout this letter, Paul reminds us about who we once were, lost in our sins, lost for eternity, dirty, filthy and blind. Then he graciously reminds us that it was Christ who saved us from ourselves and eternal judgment. From there he explains who we are becoming and what we need to do. Finally, he reminds us that our little congregation is part of a bigger body within the body of Christ and we have a purpose in our existence.
Isn’t it great to know that no matter how small or large your church may be, you have a purpose? No matter where you are or what you are doing, you are a tool to bring the Gospel to find the lost sheep of Christ. Ultimately, it is Christ who calls, it is He who finds but it is us He uses. He created us for a purpose. He created us to be used for His Kingdom. He created us and loves us so much that He decided to leave glory, come down to earth, live a suffering life and die a horrible death for the sole purpose of bringing us into His eternity. All He asks us to do is to share His story in our lives and to do that we need to remember.
I am sure there are many times we want to forget something or someone or situation. Consider this. What if God allowed those times to be used to mold you and shape you into the tool He needs you to be. For me it was getting hit over the head with a hammer in the middle of the night over 20 years ago If it wasn’t for that incident, I would have never remembered that I needed forgiveness and how to forgive others. I wouldn’t have known the struggles of being paralyzed and the necessity of learning how to walk and write again. If it wasn’t for that time, the man in the bed next to me wouldn’t have accepted Christ as Savior. It was the time of struggle that caused me to remember that God is in control.
What is it that you need to remember? How has your life shaped up until now? If you don’t know Christ, then meet Him. Talk with Him. Tell Him how you feel, how angry or lost you are. He is right there with you waiting for you to open the door of your life and invite Him in.
If you already know Christ, then what is it that He wants you to remember? Is there something in your life that can help someone else? Is it possible, that your struggles, sickness and experiences were meant to be used to bring someone to the foot of the Cross of Christ? Do you think it is possible that you are being shaped and used as a tool to enhance the Church so that a lost world can see how much God loves them?
No matter what you are feeling today, remember, this life is just the beginning. There is a life after this one and it is waiting for you. If you don’t know Christ it is a life of being alone and lost for eternity. For those who know Christ, it is a life of being with the Savior who paid a price for your life.
Remember something positive about your life and thank God for it. Then remember something that He has done in you and ask Him to use it for His Kingdom, for His Glory and for His Purpose. If you want to know more about who Christ is please let me know. I will be more than happy to introduce you to Him and the love that waits for you.
God bless and encourage someone today.