Why do we have holidays like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, President’s Day, or Memorial Day? It is a day of remembrance of those things and people who have significant meaning in our lives and society. On this Mother’s Day it is a great day to think back, remember, and cherish the memories they have provided us.
The Bible is also clear about remembrance. To think about where we have been as Christians and its perspective.
There were questions from the Christians in this book on how they were to connect with non-Christians. Paul provides them several things. First, he says to be wise and aware of the people around you and take advantage of opportunities to connect with people. To make the most of every opportunity we have to be aware. We have over half a million minutes in every year. In perspective we have lots of moments to take advantage of.
Secondly, we are to let our conversation be full of grace and seasoned with salt. That our conversation can be both welcoming, but full of truth. Truth can bite like salt, but we are converse with people to give them a welcoming but honest conversation.
Paul again reminds in Ephesians that we are to live, sometimes translated as walk or walking through life, in wisdom to make opportunities of moments with people. But the days are evil, being challenging in their own sense, we are to walk together and not just go it alone. We are not to ignore the past, but use it to shape you going forward. The past is the past, not dictating who we are, but as a part of who we are and allowing God’s will to direct our lives. Being connected to God will allow us to know that even though we move in life one step at a time, we know that we will arrive exactly where God wants us.
So how do we create memories? How do we know we are making memorable impact in the lives of others?
Just as Paul said to the Corinthians, we are walk the talk and we are consistent in who we are in Christ. An interesting question is if you were brought before a court accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict? Are you as on fire for Christ on the street as you are in the sanctuary? Are you as caring for people in person as you say you are online? Don’t be lukewarm as described in Revelations.
Peter declared that he was never going to stop reminding people of these things (God’s truth and plan in Jesus), even though they may already know. We are to take every moment to remind everyone of God’s truth. That as long as we live, we are not to stop declaring truth. And as clear as our time on Earth is short, and maybe even the end is close for some of us, we are to declare the grace of God in Christ Jesus. That God isn’t done with us yet. That it is important. This is how we create a heritage. What statement are we leaving for those who are watching us? Belonging to Christ Jesus, standing firm in that, and living it out no matter what room or situation we find ourselves.
Will you be committed to redeem the moment you are in? Will you allow your life to be in the constant state of grow and transformation so to not being caught off-guard?
On on this Mother’s Day, let us tell our mothers that we appreciate the memories, the captured moments, and the love that they bestowed and imprinted on our lives.
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. (ESV)
6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (ESV)
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (ESV)
17 That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. (ESV)
12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. (ESV)