I bet you’d agree that you have forgotten or misplaced plenty of things in your lifetime. I can attest to this too. I once lost my pencil at my study space, certain that I had not gone anywhere out of a five-foot radius. I searched every possible nook and cranny that any kind of conceptual physics could have flicked it, rolled it or covered it. I resolved that there was absolutely no where else it could have run off to, so in defiance, I finally decided to retrieve another pencil and forget about the first one.
Soon, I was in deep examination of my studies and came upon a clever point. I reached for my pencil, and to my consternation, I could not find it! I quickly scanned everywhere nearby, checking my pockets, looking under the chair and so on. “What is going on?” I thought to myself. Finally, in bewilderment, I decided to walk away from the situation. I stepped into the bathroom and turned on the light. Well, lo and behold, I discovered two pencils. They were behind my ears…one on my left, and one on my right! The mirror had to remind me of that truth.
How often do you give yourself a pep talk?
We can be “pulling our own socks up,” so to speak, revisiting truths we’ve heard along the way through principals and teachings. But we tend to forget those intrinsic and elementary truths.
This messy thing called life can get in our way and distract us from the concreteness of the truths of God. We hear them, and somehow, they get diluted in our day-to-day lives. Not to say that they are not a part of us, we just forget them! When we hear messages on the radio and grasp where the pastor or teacher is about to go, we begin to daydream away of grocery lists and other practicalities, like taking the car into the shop and picking up our kids from practice.
But it is always a good idea to “retrace the lines,” and remind ourselves of the transparent truths of God. Throughout this colorful, chaotic life, we need to remember who we are in Him and how and why we are here.
For example, the simple truth of "Christ lives in me.”
Christ lives in me? Whoa. I’m not alone. This is a game changer! Before I knew Christ, I was one thing. Today, I am not alone. Everything I am, He is a part of. And not only that, He delights in my conversation and the every minute questions I have of things like, “What’s going on?!”
I was reading in 2 Peter chapter three today, where Peter retraced the lines of what is to be expected in these last days. He wrote this letter after walking with Jesus and witnessing His death and ascension into heaven. Yet the truths written in that letter so long ago are the same, timeless truths that remain today. He speaks of the scoffers and mockers of the truth. Those who say, “What happened to the promise of Jesus coming again?” He goes on to speak of the people who sit in fellowship with us, and yet still have greed and persuasiveness to turn those who have just escaped the ways of the world away from the truth. This is real life. These are the sleeper cells that not only never accepted God’s truth, but also try with all their might to tarnish it.
By God’s help, I never want to find myself sluggish and dull to His promises and unvarnished truth! It can happen with our eyes open, so retrace the lines with me.
The Bible shares plainly that He isn’t slow with coming back to get us.
But that He is patient, waiting for all to repent. That really is encouraging! We are the people who share that good news with the ones who haven’t heard it. God isn’t entrapped by time, but sees 1000 years like a day; and a day like a 1000 years. So He grows us in His grace and knowledge if we stay alert and are willing. And as He is in us, He uses us. Doesn’t it excite you to think of the ones who have not yet heard the Gospel and are still to respond? He tells us to be on guard of those who like to spread error and here-say.
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10 NKJV).
"Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what Holy and Godly lives you should live, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless” (2 Peter 3:11-13 NKJV and NLT).
I am encouraged here to recharge this in my heart: Keep Going!
Revisit His truth in your heart, and be challenged to live a holy and godly life! I find encouragement to constantly revisit this truth that our Jesus is coming back. I know that I don’t want to be fearful or even forgetful of what’s to happen, but I want to be joyful in His return. Looking forward with you, I’m reminding myself of this today. He is coming soon!