What Will You Remember?
    November 15 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    Something I love about God’s Word is that this precious book includes testimony from ordinary people. Stories of people just like you and me fill the pages of scripture, and so I can often relate to the men and women in the Bible. In my own life I find I can identify with some of their struggles and concerns.

    For example, even though the disciples walked with Jesus, learned from Him and saw Him perform miracles, they sometimes forgot His teachings. If we are honest, I wonder how many of us also forget what Jesus has taught us, and what His death on the cross and resurrection really mean for those who trust in Him?

    We see repeatedly throughout the Gospels Jesus explaining to His followers about how He would be crucified and raised to life. Yet, in Luke 24, we find the women at the tomb wondering where Jesus’ body had been taken. John’s Gospel tells us that even when Peter and John came to the empty tomb on that resurrection morning they did not understand Jesus had risen from the grave. They failed to remember that Jesus had told them this would happen.

    During the Passover meal in the upper room before Jesus is crucified, Jesus tells His disciples to remember Him. In John 15:19-21, Jesus says to remember His teaching about a servant not being greater than his master. Jesus promises in John 14:26 that the Holy Spirit will remind the disciples of everything He taught them. In Acts 11, Peter says he remembered Jesus’ promise that baptism would come by the Holy Spirit.

    Remembering is important. The entire Bible tells the story of how God remembers His children. Genesis 9:15 says God remembered His covenant with Noah and His promise to never again flood the earth.

    In Exodus God remembers His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and He delivers His people from Egypt. Even when the people complained in the wilderness, God remembers them and provides for them. 

    If remembering is so important, why do we forget? Why do we forget the wonderful grace and mercy and glory of our Savior? I think one reason is because we get so busy with life we do not stop nearly often enough to give God thanks.

    If we are intentional about every single day thanking God for salvation and the many other blessings He gives, remembering His goodness during the tough times is easier.

    Remembering His teaching, faithfulness and love will just become part of who we are. When God gives good gifts we won’t complain because we think we deserve more — we will remember God has already done more for us in Jesus Christ than we could ever deserve or imagine.

    What will you remember this Thanksgiving?

    “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.” Psalm 63:6-7
    11/15/2010 8:55:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments

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