Eternity Matters: IT IS TIME TO REMEMBER

By Norma Shull Smith

Whenever I think of the month of May, I think of Memorial Day, a day set aside as a time to remember those who gave their lives for our countries freedom. Remembering is a part of our daily make-up and you and I both know, we have to remember various tasks in order to make our day’s successful, but, did you know that God Himself wants us to be a people who ‘Remembers?’
I personally am a sticky note person; one who makes lists, because if I don’t make notes, I surely will forget something important. Perhaps God had the first design on sticky notes, when in He told us how to remember! “Lay these words in your heart; bind them on your hand; place them on the frontlets between your eyes.” (Deuteronomy 11:18) That verse gives us a pretty good idea that whatever it takes to remember, just do it!
Depending on the Bible version you are reading, the word Remember in the KJV, is recorded over 120 times in the Old Testament and 27 times in the New. (Christianbiblereference.org) We are a people who forgets quickly, and it was no different in ancient days when God brought the Israelites out of Egypt. God performed miracle after miracle before their eyes, hoping it would build their faith to take them on their journey, but at the first sign of a storm (problem), the people began to moan and complain. Sound familiar?
Even as we take communion, we are reminded that as we break bread together, that the bread resembles His body and that we are to take it in REMEMBRANCE of Him. (Luke 22:19 and 1 Corinthians 11:24.)
God wants us to remember that HE is LORD (John 20:28)
God wants us to remember that HE loves us (John 3:16)
God wants us to remember HIS great Sacrifice through the Blood of His Son (Revelation 7:9,14)
God wants us to remember who we are through Him. (I Peter 2:5-9)
God wants us to remember that HE will return again. (Revelation 1:7)
These are just a few scriptures with many others supporting, what we need to be teaching our children and reminding ourselves daily. Parents invest in schooling and education so their kids can get a good job, but how many are investing in their eternity? Death is no respecter of age. It can come to anyone at any time; not just the elderly die. My hope is that everyone will take time for their souls and be prepared! YET how many of us are investing our time daily into our eternity? How many of us are like the Israelites who God had shown the correct path, yet at the first sign of trouble we begin to panic, to moan, to grumble, to “oh why is this happening to me,” mentality?
As we approach Memorial Day and pay homage to those who are so worthy, be reminded as if it were a sticky note, to also honor the Real Commander In Chief, the one who calls us to REMEMBER!
Eternity Matters!

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