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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Needed Reminder (1 Samuel 12)

My husband and I repented and believed in Jesus before we were married. Then in our wedding vows, we committed to raising our children to know Jesus.

But soon after we got married and graduated college, we moved to Houston, Texas and spent all of our time working and studying.

We told ourselves we could just worship Jesus on our own and didn’t even try to find a church the whole time we lived there.

But without the reminder of who Jesus is and what He did for us, the commitment we had made to live our lives for Him just faded away to the background as we let our work and education take priority.

Just like the Israelites in 1 Samuel 12, we needed to be reminded of what God did for us:

1 Samuel 12:7-9 Now stand here quietly before the Lord as I remind you of all the great things the Lord has done for you and your ancestors. 8 When the Israelites were in Egypt and cried out to the Lord, he sent Moses and Aaron to rescue them from Egypt and to bring them into this land. 9 But the people soon forgot about the Lord their God ..

Yesterday in church as our pastor finished his sermon on Luke 19, he closed by reminding us of the gospel; that Jesus came in human flesh, lived a sinless life, willingly was arrested, tortured, and nailed to a cross to die in our place so that all who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus will have eternal life, forever freed of the punishment of sin.

Our pastor could have probably looked around the room yesterday and thought “they have all heard this before. I don’t need to remind them of Jesus’ sacrifice in our place.”

But I’m so glad he chose to remind us. Because even though I know that I am a sinner who can never do enough right to atone for even one of my wrongs, and that my sin can only be forgiven by trusting in Jesus sacrifice in my place, I also know I need that reminder regularly.

I needed to be present and worship Jesus with my church family and hear that sermon and that gospel message to be reminded of the promise I made to live for Jesus, just like the Israelites did in 1 Samuel 12. Could it be we all need that reminder regularly?

I know that next week and the week after that I will need to hear that reminder again. Because I cannot stay focused on Jesus and honor my commitment to Him without gathering with other believers and being reminded of all Jesus did to give me the free gift of salvation by dying in my place.

What about you? Do you need that reminder too? Are you in a church home where you are getting that reminder regularly so that like my husband and I and the Israelites in 1 Samuel 12, you don't put your faith on the back burner? Are you sharing your faith and the gospel message of salvation through Jesus with others, who like us, need that reminder too?

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Unknown member
Mar 28, 2022

Your story is very common and reminds me how I was always a Christian, but let the Lord fade into the background most of my life. I struggle now trying to bring my family closer to the Lord.

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