They say the first two signs of aging are forgetfulness and… I seem to have forgotten the other.
As much as we love to crack jokes about aging and forgetfulness, the Word of God makes it very clear that remembrance is critical when it comes to the faith of Christianity.
Again and again, Israel was commanded to remember all that God had done for them (check out Deuteronomy 6, for example). They weren’t only commanded to remember, but to ensure that future generations would also know of God’s deliverance and provision.
When Abram entered the land of the Canaanites, God declared to him that He would give his offspring the land he stood upon (Genesis 12:7). Abram’s immediate reaction was to establish a point of remembrance. The Bible tells us that he built an altar there to the Lord.
As he and others passed by this site again in the future they couldn’t help but see the altar and remember why it was placed there.
We should recognize that it is easy to forget. No effort at all is required on our part to forget. By simply doing nothing, we ensure forgetfulness.
Remembering is much different. Abram built an altar, Joshua instructed the children of Israel to gather twelve stones (Joshua 4), and Jesus instituted the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper. In all these is found the message to remember.
Still, forgetfulness is a very possible reality for every generation. Just consider the generation born after Joshua (Judges), or maybe take a glance toward today’s societies of western civilizations.
While commanded to teach them to remember, someone must ask the important question regarding our youth; “Are we instead teaching them to forget?” As stated, all that’s required for us to teach them this is to do nothing.
God is busy working in the lives of His children, and just as Abram, we need to busy our lives building memorials. How often do we make it known to our children, spouses, friends, and co-workers what God did for us today? Do we ever let others be aware of what He is doing?
Most importantly, when Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, He did so with the command to remember Him.
The most influential memorial we can set up to honor our God is to give ourselves wholly to Him. He said, “I am come that you may have life (John 10:10).” The simple truth of the matter is that if you know Jesus, then He is your life! He’s not just a part that’s usable for your personal advantage… He is everything! He is life, and without Him, there is only death!
Lord, change our hearts to be a people You created to be your friends. Let us make our lives a memorial unto You!