Saturday, July 27
Scripture: Isaiah 50-52, Psalm 92, 2 Peter 1
2 Peter 1:12–15 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.
Peter knows that he will die soon—the Lord made this clear to him (that must have been an interesting conversation). His concern was not for himself, but for the young Christians he led. He writes to remind them of truths they must remember. “I will always remind you of these things.” And, “I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.” He wants to be sure that they know these things deep in their knower, and will remember them long after he is gone.
Wow! This passage reads differently in my current status than ever before. I’m 7 months into a 24 month transition, passing the lead pastor baton on to Michael. (I’ll still be around, on staff, and speaking occasionally, but I won’t be the lead guy any more). Suddenly these verses are more important and urgent for me.
What are the truths that I want to embed into the life of our church? What truths do I want our believers to remember and live out long after I’ve passed the baton?
I’ve started a list of key truths, and will let that inform my preaching in the next 18 months! And I want to “make every effort” to embed these truths, so I will look for other ways beyond my teaching (I’m making a list of those as well).
Prayer: Lord, help me to embed Your truth deeply into each person I meet, so that long after I’m gone, they remember and live it out!