The Importance of Remembering

As Remembrance Day approaches, we’re called to remember the sacrifice of our veterans (past and present).  They fought for our freedom.  May we never forget!  The Bible is also big on remembering—remembering God and all he’s done. The Israelites were called to remember God and how he saved them from slavery in Egypt.  Israel remained faithful to God when they remembered his mighty deeds, but they got into trouble when they forgot about God and his mighty acts.  So a significant part of discipleship is helping people remember God and all he has done for them.  As the Apostle Paul says to Timothy, “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David.  This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. . . . Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. Keep reminding God’s people of these things.” (2 Timothy 2:8-9, 11-14a)  So on Remembrance Day (Nov. 11), let’s remember the sacrifice of our service men and women.  And then let us remember the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for our freedom.  May we never forget!

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