I encourage you to remember Christ and remind others of Him
“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead…” (2 Timothy 2:8) which is the very heart beat of Christian faith (Rom 10:9-10). With all the distractions and busyness of life we need to implement routines which assist us in focusing our thoughts on Christ. We need to set Bible reading times, routine times for prayer and meditation, times for listening to God’s Word being taught, and just time out to think and reason through life’s issues in a biblical arena.
Remembering fights neglect
Neglecting conscious thoughts of Christ simply fuels the human capacity to totally neglect Christ. The world, selfishness, others, and even Satan, have an arsenal of replacement thoughts and activities ready to distract you. Fleshly passions, love for possessions, lust for power and money, the cravings for entertainment, accompanied by the many demands of life can quickly lure you away from Christ being central as Lord. Isn’t this just the truth of it?
The writer of Hebrews understood life well, presenting this remedy; “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV). Listen up people; give The Lord Jesus Christ your attention!
Focus your inner senses on Jesus. Recognise that Christ was and remains the initiator and completer of your spiritual life, beginning with salvation. Acknowledge the Lord’s astounding accomplishments on the cross of Calvary on your behalf. Proclaim the supreme authority that Jesus Christ has as He presently reigns from heaven. Think upon it, believe it, live it!
Remembering is shameless
It’s shamefully easy to compartmentalise Jesus Christ in your thoughts to a place where He becomes nothing more than a superstition which you think you have made peace with. This always results with inactivity and indifference towards Christ as personal Lord and Saviour. The enemies of God love this style of thinking, because it always leads you to nothing other than separation from God with its damning consequences.
Likewise, it’s all too easy to have the right thoughts of Christ, yet keep them to yourself at the peril of others. Silence of Christ is the hater of souls. Silence puts self first, promoting comfort, ease and popularity as supremely important.
Now, if you remember Christ as risen, alive, and supreme in your life, you won’t be able to contain this life changing reality. Consequently, there are 2 ways in which you can remind others of Christ, both are of equal importance, and neither should get preference over the other. First, remind others of Christ by living Christ as your personal Lord, no compromise. Secondly, remind others of Christ by speaking well of Him, no shame!
Remembering looks forward
Remember also, as the angels reminded the disciples, that “Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). The Lord’s return is a certainty awaiting the Father’s command. “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). Maranatha!
Be encouraged Christian, remember Christ and remind others of Him also. Forward this encouragement to someone else to share the blessing.
Together for Christ: Lincoln Forlong www.bbf.net.nz