Ever wonder why the Bible says to “remember what the Lord has done?” so much? The experiences you have had or are having are real, fresh, exciting, challenging, tough, and valuable. You can still probably remember your conversion experience, right? Have you written it down and kept it? If I asked you to write down several turning points where God showed up in your life, how would that be helpful to you? To others?
You are learning new things about yourself and God every week, sometimes even daily. He is providing opportunities for you to grow as you interact with His Scripture and real life, deal with various circumstances and different people, and learn to make choices based on your values. God has provided for your needs in so many ways – the parents he gave you, the family you were born into, the air you breathe, the struggles and hardships and hurt feelings, the good and difficult friendships, the education you have received (formal and informal), the jobs you have held, and a highlight or two.
It is good to remember our experiences with God. When we go through a tough patch, He gives us courage to face our fear and depend on His strength. When we face pessimism, we can remind ourselves how God’s goodness makes the sun shine again. When we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, the memory of His presence can renew our confidence in his mercies that are new every day. When we are concerned about the future, God’s past direction and provision inspires us to “trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus.”
Read Titus 2:1-8.
The apostle Paul taught and trained his young disciple names Titus to “teach what is in accord with sound doctrine…teach what is good” (2:1,3).
Remembering what the Lord has done assists us in helping others. Paul told Titus that one of the benefits of growing in faith is mentoring new followers in Christ. As they encounter obstacles to faith, you can coach them how to keep moving ahead by sharing stories of how God helped you to overcome yours. As they struggle with temptation and sin, you can relay similar struggles and steps you learned to overcome sin by the Word of the Lord and the word of your testimony. You can describe how God showed you the way out, over, or around darkness according to 1 Corinthians 10:13. You can encourage others by telling them that you had trouble learning “holy habits,” but ultimately you learned with the help of others and the power of the Holy Spirit.
I remember how hearing stories of my Christian friends’ growing faith and God’s involvement inspired me to open the Bible and read the narrative accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, so I could see if what they said about Jesus was true indeed.
The memories you are building are important markers. You may want to think about jotting them down in a journal or on your mobile device. Live communally. Your growth is not just about you – if it was, once you became a Christian, we’d shoot you and you’d head to heaven. Build your memory bank. Then find someone to pass on what you know and disciple them. Experience becomes more blessed when it is shared.
Love is a verb,
©2014 by Mike Olejarz