Monday, December 17
Remind and recall
Scripture: 2 Peter 1-3, John 1
2 Peter 1:12–15 Therefore I will always remind you about these things, even though you know them and are established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right, as long as I am in this bodily tent, to wake you up with a reminder, 14 since I know that I will soon lay aside my tent, as our Lord Jesus Christ has indeed made clear to me. 15 And I will also make every effort so that you are able to recall these things at any time after my departure.
2 Peter 3:1-2 Dear friends, this is now the second letter I have written to you; in both letters, I want to stir up your sincere understanding by way of reminder, 2 so that you recall the words previously spoken by the holy prophets and the command of our Lord and Savior given through your apostles.
Peter explains that he is reminding them of things they know and are even established in, so that when he is gone they can recall them at any time. Peter wants to make sure that the gospel message is securely passed along.
What do I want people to be able to recall when I’m gone? I need to be reminding them of those things consistently. Say it over and over! It gets tiring to say the same things over and over, but it’s necessary if we want people to remember them. We say that vision leaks. This is true not just of vision but of core truths and values. Unless we keep repeating the core things, people will forget them.
What are the core things I want my family to recall when I’m gone? I should list those and consistently remind them.
What are the core things I want our church to recall when I’m gone? Same thing—I should list those and consistently remind them.
Find ways to remind people of the important core things you want them to recall.
Prayer: Lord, show me what is worth repeating, reminding and recalling, and then help me be consistent.