By: Amy Hornbuckle
My mind fails me often, particularly when it comes to memory. We can know something and still forget it. I can say with confidence that each of us experience this at some part in our day no matter how minute; because our minds are finite.
There is power in repetition. We do much of our learning by either subconscious or conscious repetition. Think about the lyrics to a song. It can be played in the background over the course of a month and eventually you’ll know every word without even trying. When you study for a test, flashcards are designed to maximize the drilling of information.
The absence of repetition easily leads to forgetfulness.
This is what Peter meant in 2 Peter 1:12-13 “Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder…”
Peter understood the urgency of the coming Kingdom and carried the commission with a matching urgency. Peter recognized that, though his readers knew the truth of their Lord Jesus Christ, if they were not reminded over and over again they would forget. Peter’s life was spent speaking and teaching the same good news until the day of his martyrdom.
Easter was very different this year. We must remember what Jesus did so that the lack of a “season” does not lead to a forgetful heart but actually spurs us on into deeper devotion and pursuit.
Let’s remember what Jesus did for us:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
The blood of Christ has washed us clean. In other words, a new life has been born. We are no longer gripped by the chains or mistakes of our past. We are cleansed from our transgressions and that means we are forgiven. This is our identity. This is our confidence. This new spiritual reality compels us to live for eternal things and no longer for the things that will pass away.
“But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” Romans 6:17-18
Jesus broke the chains of sin. It no longer has a hold on us and with a new life comes a new pattern of obedience. Remember that this is not perfection, but rather a new molding shaped around truth. Where once we were blind we now see; something only Jesus could have done for us.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit” 1 Peter 3:18
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice we are made right in the eyes of the Lord. His righteousness is imparted to us. He paid the penalty once and for all; never again needing to sacrifice for our sins.
These things are what we are to remember day after day; our true and only identity; our sole purpose and mission; our Lord and Savior. The temptations and pain we face in this temporary home can all be seen through the lens of a resurrected King. Our hope, strength, and physical life deemed washed, sanctified, and justified.
This should indeed spur us on to deep devotion and worship. A daily rhythm of remembering all that Christ has done and how we are to live in light of that. For if we are to forget these things, our minds spiral into a pit of shame and fear. Life without Christ is not life, but death.
So we remember, day after day, all that the Lord has done on our behalf from a place of unconditional love and mercy.
“For I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder…”
What can we practically do to remember these things?
The practicality question is often where our fire for consumption and consumerism begins to burn. We’re eager for the next tool or the next resource and I am here to remind you that the best resource for simply remembering Who Jesus is, and what He has done on our behalf, is to daily, faithfully spend time in God’s word. The Bible is no mere tool, it is the living and active word of God, able to pierce into our souls and discern our thoughts and intentions. It is not something out of reach but very real and very alive in the hearts of those that are His.
When I say “let’s remember” it’s equivalent to saying “let’s read God’s Word” – individually, corporately, one-on-one, with small groups – together we urge each other on and remind each other so that we don’t forget.
Amy grew up in St. Louis, Missouri but now lives in Florida with her husband of 9 months. She is a proud dog mamma, and loves taking long walk in the midst of God’s creation. She works as a Children’s ministry director, operations manager, and Women’s ministry and discipleship. Her true passion is to equip women of faith through both writing and speaking.