My wife, my brother, and I graduated high school in the class of 2000. That will be sixteen years ago this May. Just yesterday, as I was getting ready to head to the office, I opened social media and, to my surprise, saw that my family’s favorite Chinese restaurant was still operating from those high school days. Another friend that we graduated with back in ‘00 stopped in for lunch there and posted a picture. He was amazed to discover that the operators of the restaurant not only remembered him, but they also remembered his usual order over a decade later. I don’t know about you, but I’d say that’s a pretty fantastic memory!
It’s safe to say the the ability to remember things can be pretty powerful. This is no different for the body of Christ as we share life with each other, and seek to share Christ with people that need Him. Here are a few ways that the power of remembering can increase your daily walk with God:
Remember that your sin has been forgotten.
Hebrews chapter 8 talks about the new covenant that we have through Jesus Christ. In verse 12 we learn that God has forgiven our wickedness and remembers our sins no more. God will always remember that we are blameless in his sight because of His grace.
Remember the ones that have helped you.
Most of us have heard the phrase, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” At some point in your life, spiritual or otherwise, someone cared enough about you to invest in you. As we remember and thank those who invested in us, we can learn much about how to invest in helping others.
Remember to pray
Sometimes when we pray for others, we call it remembering them in prayer. I think Philippians chapter one gives us an example of this when Paul writes “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for you, I always pray with joy…” Because we have forgiveness through Christ and have been led by those who care for us, we should offer prayers of joy, praise, and supplication to God and for other people.
The power of remembering is an incredible gift from God and as we grow in grace, I pray that all of us will never forget that our sin is gone, our lives are impacted by the body of Christ, and our prayers sustain our relationship with God and people.