10 November 2013 - Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday

Pastor Fatima reminded us that there are things we remember and there are things we deliberately forget because they don’t add value to our lives. She referred us to Paul who talked about forgetting certain things in Philippians 3:13-14.

Those who gave their lives for the peace we now enjoy in this country cannot just be forgotten that easily. Their sacrifice was a symbol of love that cannot be taken lightly. This is what Jesus meant on the night he was betrayed by saying, “This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me”. Here Jesus wants us to continually remember the blood he shed for the forgiveness of our sins.

Each time we share in communion, we must depart from sin because the blood reminds us of the pain Jesus went through. To remember is to bring to memory or to recall. It is to bring to one’s mind certain things. In this case the trouble Jesus went through for our salvation. When we remember it, we are expected to make adjustment to accommodate the cause of the sacrifice.

Remembrance keeps us connected to the cause of those who sacrificed for us. God also remembered certain promises and covenants he made with certain individuals. Each time he remembered, he did something about it. In 1 Samuel 1: 19, we read that God remembered Hannah and she conceived! God also remembered Noah and caused the waters to recede so Noah could go home in Genesis 8:1. We see God vowing to remember the covenant of the children of Israel’s ancestors in Leviticus 26:45. We must learn to remember certain things because we can easily forget in the busy lifestyles that we live.

Remembering should provoke an action from us as well. Each time we get lost or move away from God, we must take time to read his word so that we can remind ourselves what God wants us to do. Remembering can help you out of trouble. Have you ever lost something valuable and totally forgotten where to find it? That state makes you anxious and uneasy. But the moment you remember and get it back, there is a joy and a peace of mind that comes with it. Students should know the importance of this in an exam situation. You know the answer but cannot just remember how to put it well. You get anxious but once you remember, you get excited!

Its always good to remember the right things to do as that saves us from trouble. The thief who hung on the cross with Jesus asked Jesus to remember him in paradise and Jesus did. As Christians, it is important for us to remember what the lord has taught us in the word because that is what will matter in the end. The success of our lives as we walk with God will be determined by how many of his teachings we remember on a day to day basis.

We must remember the lord even in our success because he is the one who gives us the power to be successful(Deuteronomy 8:18). When we remember the hand of God in our lives, we will honour him, we will fear him, we will worship him, we will be thankful, we will not be proud, for we will understand that it is by his grace.