I’m quite forgetful. There’s a reason I constantly put reminders of events and meetings in my diary – chances are I wouldn’t be there if I didn’t! So often my mind is full of all the things I need to get done in the week, and the world bombards with all kinds of messages, that I sometimes find myself forgetting about the gospel. Is this something you can identify with? Well, I’ve been reading 2 Peter, and it seems like we’re in good company.
At the beginning of his second letter, Peter starts by talking about all the wonderful truths of our salvation. He describes how we have received grace and peace in abundance through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord (v2). He reminds us that God has called us to live a godly life, and given us everything we need to live for him (v3). Peter talks about the ‘very great and precious promises’ that we have in Christ (v4), tells us that our sins have been cleansed, (v9) assures us that we have been called to be part of God’s family (v10) and have a rich welcome waiting for us in heaven (v11).
These truths are wonderful, life-changing and glorious! But I love the next section of the letter: Peter spends another three verses reminding his readers how important it is to actually REMEMBER the things he’s been talking about:
“So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body… I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.”
How encouraging! Peter knew that the readers of his letter would need constant reminding, even though they were ‘firmly established in the truth’ (v12). If they need to be prompted to hold these promises in their hearts and minds, how much more do I?!
I’m sometimes guilty of sitting in a Bible study or talk, and switching off a bit because I tell myself I’ve heard it before. Peter would tell me that’s ridiculous! I need to remember the gospel daily, and actively focus my mind upon it, in the midst of all the busyness. I once read that we don’t rely on a meal from last week to sustain us today – as a food lover I definitely know that to be true. Why then do I so often do this with my spiritual food?
The psalmist also reflects this desire to not forget, when he says: “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2).
David knows he is prone to forget, and so instructs his soul to dwell on all the Lord’s benefits, which is another way of saying ‘remember his promises’! Our heavenly Father knows we struggle in this area, and loves to answer prayers that our hearts would be more filled with the things of Christ.
Let’s be girls who are defined by the same desire to remember. Let’s actively hold onto the truths that matter, and let our minds soak them up.
Listening to Christian music is a great way of filling our heads and hearts with the promises of God. As is waking up each day and reminding yourself of your unchanged status before the King. You’ll find that this leads to praise and gratitude, as David shows us in the verse above. Maybe even jot down some of these wonderful verses from 2 Peter chapter 1 in your diary, so next time you look at your busy schedule, you can remember the things that really really matter.
Emily is originally from the sunny south, but has made the trek up to Sheffield where she is now in her third year of studying Medicine, which she loves. She also loves tea, mountains, singing, and those autumn days when it’s really cold but the sky is super blue and the leaves are crispy :-)