Summary: A sermon examining the importance of remembering what Christ has done, is doing and will do in the lives of His followers.
Let Me Remind You To Remember
Quite regularly, I will ask my wife to remind me to do something. It often goes like this: "sweetheart, remind me to go by LifeWay sometime this week and pick up Baptism Certificates and Bibles for the church". Then later in the week she will say "wasn't I supposed to remind you to do something?" I will say "yes, what was it?" She will respond with "I don't remember".
Someone said "The only thing faster than the speed of thought is the speed of forgetfulness." - A few weeks ago I was at one of the hospitals in Birmingham. I parked my car, went in and made a visit. I was not gone for more than an hour. By the time I returned to the parking deck I could not remember which level I was on. I walked from level 4 up to level 8, then from level 8 I went down to level two. When I finally found my car it was on level 4.
For the most part forgetfulness is insignificant. But there are times when we forget things and it has serious consequences. If you don't believe me, try preaching a funeral and forgetting the name of the deceased...BEEN THERE!! Another embarrassing moment is officiating a wedding and forgetting the bride's name. When you ask Jason if he will take Michelle to be his wedded wife and he says "no"...because her name is Ashley, you know you have messed up big.
Many things that we forget will not have a lasting impact. But there are some things that will last throughout eternity. If we forget or disregard what we have been taught concerning how we should live for the Lord in this life, that will have an eternal impact. There are people that we could have reached for Christ who will be neglected. There are rewards we could have received that we will miss out on. There is Spiritual Growth that we could have attained that will pass us by.
Peter realized the importance of his readers remembering those things that they have been taught. The importance of this information is seen in his words to them in verses 12-15. Notice -v12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me. 15 Moreover I will endeavor that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
Peter states that he would continue to remind them of "these things" as long as he lived. "These things" refer back to verses 5-7 where Peter declared the importance of "supplementing our faith with virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity.
Jesus had revealed to Peter that he would die a martyr's death almost 40 years earlier. He knows at this point that the end of his life was drawing near. Knowing this, Peter felt an immense desire to remind the brethren of "these things". - v15 "Moreover I will endeavor that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance." - His desire was for these truths to be remembered long after his life had ended
Adrian Rogers prepared a letter for the supporters of Love Worth Finding Ministries in the event of his death. It was his desire that the ministry continue to spread the good news of Jesus Christ even after he went to be with the Lord. He closed the letter with these word "My prayer is that you would continue your support to ensure that God's great love worth finding is proclaimed until Jesus returns."
A minister of the Gospel only has a short time to equip those under his care. I do not take for granted the opportunity to stand in this pulpit and proclaim the Word of God. I have no idea what the future holds. The Lord may send me to serve somewhere else. Or, He may call me home to glory. Because of this, I realize the importance of equipping the Lord's saints while there is time. My desire today is the same as Simon Peter had those many years ago. I hope to "...stir you up by putting you in remembrance". Look with me to II Peter 1:8-11 as we preach on the subject "Let Me Remind You To Remember".
The Word of God is filled with reminders for the Christian. We find one such reminder here in verse 8. So...