Everyone has a different way to remind themselves what to do. Some like gadgets that cleverly synchronize over various platforms and then still they choose to ignore some of them!
Others are more old school and use ‘post-its’ and lists that clutter the kitchen or the fridge next to little artworks of dinosaurs. Remember to pick up Jonny at 3:30 next to the green dinosaur. Get ingredients of the recipe for tonight. Get milk. Pay that bill!
Some are totally in control and look very efficient all the time, but really need that holiday when they let the tour guide do everything for their minds to relax.
Others let life happen and if you spend time with them you get a feeling of eternity, but the deadlines come and go like the tides of the sea and you’d rather not let them finish a task for you because it will be done, eventually!
Apostle Peter had lived a full life, walked with Jesus on the water, felt ashamed about betrayal, recovered and received the Holy Spirit. He’d preached a wonderful sermon at Pentecost that saw over 3000 people get saved and then God started to use him for miracles with his friends, the other apostles. Even his shadow passing over people saw them healed miraculously – the light of Jesus in his heart shining so strong that it cast a shadow through his own human tent.
He is speaking of his tent here and that his time on earth is coming to an end. His death would remind us of Jesus – he was crucified upside down, telling the Romans he was not worthy to be in the same position as His beloved Lord Jesus.
He had just described how we obtain entry points into the kingdom of God – probably thinking of his own journey of faith and layers of Christian growth that God in his grace allowed him to achieve.
He was probably always painfully aware of his shortcomings, yet soldiered on with Jesus before him, beckoning him further out of the boat of his comfort and into the storms to walk on the waves with him.
2Pe 1:12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.
2Pe 1:13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you,
2Pe 1:14 knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.
2Pe 1:15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.
How did Apostle Peter ensure that we will always have a reminder of these things?
Here are a few reminders that will keep us stirred up for Christ.
1. Communion. 1 Corinthians 11:24
2. The Law and the Prophets.
3. The books of Poetry.
4. The Gospels.
5. The Apostolic Epistles of Paul and letters like this one from Peter.
6. Memorials of sacrificial giving like Cornelius (Acts 10:4) and Mary who washed Jesus’ feet. (John 12:3)
7. The disciples of Jesus who become household names – some of the most common names given to children are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
8. The Bible itself is an all-time bestselling book.
9. Art and literature telling the story of Jesus.
10. Architecture and Church building depicting Christ and His disciples and their mission.
11. History books, manuscripts, copies of manuscripts over the ages by the monks.
12. Examples of those who followed in Jesus’ footsteps through the ages who reflected the glory of Christ within.
13. People you have met that remind you there is a heavenly kingdom beyond what we see here on earth. Their lives remind you daily of greater glory awaiting those who follow in His footsteps.
14. We are stirred up by reminders of God’s power in our lives through testimonies of the saints.
15. We are reminded to do good works and function through gathering with the saints at church. Hebrews 10:24,25
Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
Heb 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
16. The most faithful reminder is the Holy Spirit who brings to your remembrance all that Jesus said.
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Photo by George Kedenburg III