“It is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in this tent of a body.”
Peter’s words grabbed me. I love to reminisce. Some of my favorite moments are sitting with my husband reminiscing over our memories together: like when we fell in love, took trips together, or began having our children. I love to talk about what those little pink girls looked like and felt like the first time I held them in my arms. Refreshing your memory is good for the soul.
But in this passage, Peter is refreshing the memories of believers (who were scattered around Asia Minor) about something else; something more significant than even our fondest memories of love and children. He’s recalling when they first came to know the Lord. While those early days were good and you can read about them in Acts, the years had changed their acceptance. These believers in Jesus had been persecuted and many had moved from their original homes to flee a fatal death. And yet even with this knowledge and his own experiences of beatings and persecution, Peter reminds them of the truth:
..God’s power has given us everything we need to live a godly life..
..He has given us his great and precious promises…
…Add to your faith goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love…
…and when you possess all these qualities in increasing measure they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of Christ…
…if you don’t possess these things, you’ll become nearsighted and forget what you’ve been cleansed from…
Peter knows, because he’s been forgiven much. (To whom much is given, much is required) Remember his story of grace?
One of the roles of a pastor is to teach the truth of God to believers and that’s exactly what we find Peter doing. And just as a side note, when you are going through a crisis, do your friends point you to the truth of God’s word or to their own rationalized thinking? I’m very careful whom I take advice from. If someone is not willing to point me to the truth of God, then their advice doesn’t carry much weight. There are a lot of lies out there and many of them have been twisted with just a little truth, so be careful and seek godly counsel.
Peter goes on to say, “It is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in this tent of a body.” He is aware that he won’t be alive forever, but that the truth will be carried on by these believers. In fact, thanks to him we’re reminded of these truths today!
So, may I refresh your mind?
When did you come to know the Lord? Were you a child or an adult?
Was it a struggle to give up control? Maybe it still is?
Do you know him as the Savior that he really is-holy, all-knowing, just, sinless, loving?
Can you see the change that has occurred in your life because of God’s transforming work?
I’d love to hear from you today. If you know the Lord and have called on him for salvation, would you leave a sentence or two about when or how? Encourage me and other believers by sharing your good news!!
I’ll go first: I was a little girl, but I can still clearly recall the night that God called me to himself. I couldn’t go to sleep! That night, my faithful Mom led me to Jesus. Every night, as my sisters and I would go to bed, she would pray with us and read Bible stories and we’d talk. That night, I waited anxiously in my bed for her to come in. I’ve grown a lot since then, but that was the night my new life in Christ began.
Will you remember with me today?