It's Worth a Second Thought
Dr. Nelson Price
JESUS CHRIST addressed His disciples in the upper room and challenged them to "Remember the words that I said unto you..." (John 15:22). Our forgetfulness causes us not to learn from truths heard and events experienced. Our failure to learn causes us to repeat many of our goofs and not take advantage of our opportunities. Lest we forget we need reminders.
Our nation has designated a Memorial Day on which we are urged to pause and remember the great price paid by our predecessors in order to provide us our freedom. Many have paid the last full measure of devotion in order that we might enjoy our blessings. Death, mangled bodies, emotional stress, and mental agony are some of the prices paid by those who have gone before us in order that we might enjoy many of the freedoms we take for granted. It is appropriate that our nation pause and remember these are benefactors.
In the spiritual realm it is wise for us to reflect on our heritage also. In the Old Testament Joshua challenged the people of God to make a commitment. They did. He then set up a memorial to their commitment (Joshua 24: 26, 27).
Every time the people saw this memorial stone they were reminded by it of their commitment to the Lord. We too need reminders and we need to exercise caution that the reminder does not become an end in itself but a means to the end of reminding us of a significant spiritual truth or event.
I. THE CHALLENGE (Vs. 15)
It was their CHOICE not his COERCION. We should marvel not that we must choose but that we may choose.
Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters..."
As a part of his challenge Joshua said, "Therefore take diligent heed to yourselves, that you love the Lord your God" (Joshua 23:11).
This evokes memories of the resurrected Christ speaking to Peter on the seashore and saying, "Simon, do you love me?"
A failure in diligence evidences a failure in devotion. For Je ...
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