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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.”—Philippians 1:3 (NKJV)
Today is a sacred day of remembrance. We set it aside to recall and honor the sacrifices that have been made over the many years and battlefields of conflict to establish and secure the freedoms we exercise and enjoy as citizens of the United States. At Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, we extend our deepest gratitude and express our most profound appreciation for those who’ve been personally affected by those sacrifices.
This day also reminds us of an important part of walking in God’s will for our lives: remembering.
God wants us to be people who remember. Time and space doesn’t permit the listing of every instance in Scripture where God charges His people to remember something significant. But whether it’s remembering those who God brings into our lives (as in the verse above), a specific instance of the Lord’s miraculous deliverance, a lesson to be learned from the sting of sin, or the unfaltering character of God, Himself . . . we are called to remember. It’s part and parcel of the Christian life.
Here’s why: God knows we’re prone to forget, even the things we vow we’ll never forget. Just think back to an instance where you forgot something that you initially thought would be impossible to forget. It’s not because we want to, but because we’re imperfect and flawed. It happens!
That’s one of the reasons Jesus gave His followers a tangible and touchable way of remembering what He did for them on the cross. Communion is like a reset button for us. When we touch the bread and cup, it reminds us of what matters most, it protects us from drifting into the shallows of forgetfulness.
We belong to a Father who know our needs . . . and we need to practice remembrance when it comes to the most important things in life. He wants us to circle back to what defines Him and our relationship with Him. If we don’t, the cares and distractions of life will crowd out and cover over all that we’re meant to live by. Like a garden that goes without weeding, we’ll lose sight of what makes our life “in Christ” beautiful and fruitful.
May we remember to remember, not just on this sacred day, but every day that God graciously gives to us as well as our loved ones.
DIG: Why is remembering important? On a scale of 1 to 10, how good are you at remembering what you should?
DISCOVER: How can you strengthen your remembrance of the things of God?
DISPLAY: Today is Memorial Day. Remember to honor and show gratitude for all those who have given their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy every day. Spend time praying for the families and loved ones of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and for the families of those currently serving.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.