Wake Up and Remember
Wake up and remember.
For some of you, you got really excited about living for Jesus during the summer and experienced an awesome “camp high”. Now you’ve gotten into the groove of school with homework and sports and other things fighting for your attention, it’s possible you’ve let your pursuit of Christ burn out a little. Of course this isn’t our intention, it’s just the nature of how things happen.
So what needs to happen now? It’d be easy for you to just sit back and be lulled to sleep in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But what you need to do is: Wake Up and Remember. In 2 Peter 3:1, Peter tells the church that he is writing them to “wake them up by way of a reminder”. That’s what needs to happen to us.
This remembering needs to be both past and future. What I mean by that is that we need to remember the Gospel. Peter did this is 2Pet 1:3-11. He reminded them of the work that God has done in their lives through the Gospel. In fact, he reminded them that everything needed for life and godliness has been given to them. You too need to remember this. If you are in Christ then the Holy Spirit of God has taken you from death to life and is living inside of you. And you have the Word of God at your hands.
Peter also encouraged them to remember the future. I know that sounds crazy but what he meant was that Jesus and the apostles promised us that Christ would come again and when He comes, He is coming to judge this world. So we need to make sure that we are found in Him and working for Him when He comes.
Let’s be really practical with this. Your friends at school that you hang out with everyday, eat lunch with, study for mid-terms with, or play on the same sports team with, will have to give an account to God for what he/she has done with the Gospel. If you aren’t living a life that accurately reflects the Gospel and sharing it with them how will they ever know Jesus?
Let this quote from Tom Schreiner encourage and convict you today:
“Believers need reminders about the truths they already know and accept precisely because such reminders, though including the mind, address the whole person. In biblical thinking reminders grip the whole person, so that we are possessed again by the gospel and its truth, so that we are energized to live for the glory of God.”