Whoever invented the little ‘post-it’ note deserves to be congratulated. I think they’re a great idea because we all need constant reminders in life. Whether it’s to pick up milk, check the mail, get gas, or even to read the Bible; I need help remembering. The apostle Peter must have felt the same way. He mentioned it several times in his last letter to fellow believers right before his death. Listen to his words:
Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live. For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life, so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone. (2 Peter 1:12-15 NLT)
Did you catch how many times he comments on reminders? It was important to this leader of the Church to draw attention to some vital truths that he knew needed to be remembered. I taught a seminar a while back on the Return of Christ (if you’d like a copy of the teaching it’s posted on my website, simply click on the link, www.thecourseoflife.com) and I questioned a woman who attended what her thoughts were since she had been a Bible-believing Christian most of her life. She commented that yes, she knew a lot of what I was teaching but she appreciated the reminder. That’s humility and that’s wisdom. She gave up an entire Saturday to learn more about God’s Word even if she was already familiar with the subject. It shows the importance of being reminded of His instruction, His promises, and His direction. Peter mentioned again the value of refreshing your memory:
This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory. I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles. Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. (2 Peter 3:1-3 NLT)
If you continue reading 2 Peter 3 you can count four times in eight verses the mention of remembering or forgetting. Be encouraged this week to keep reading your Bible and keep studying God’s Word. Be assured that when you read it or hear it read in Church your mind is being refreshed; it’s your own little post-it note from God.