John 12:16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.
Everyone needs reminders. We live busy lives. Whether you are unemployed, employed, student, homemaker, etc., it doesn’t matter; we all need reminders to stick to a plan or a stay on course. Distractions, life events, and complacency will often cause us to veer off course, forget what and why we are on it and prevent us from effectively accomplishing what we have set out to do. It is the same with our Christian walk. We all intend to set out upon our course with God with whole-hearted intentions to walk a life worthy of His calling. But life has a way of pulling us away. Sometimes it is so subtle we hardly even know we are drifting. Not until we find ourselves far from the Lord in discouragement, in despair, in strife or in sin, do we notice we’re off course. How do we prevent needless wandering? How do we maintain our course? First, we must read the Bible every day. Second, we must be in prayer; interceding and presenting our needs to God but also listening for His direction as He speaks to our hearts through His word. Third, we must be in fellowship with other believers holding ourselves accountable if the road gets rough, accepting correction when needed and encouragement. Fourth, and most importantly, we must rely wholly and solely on His strength and power through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Is this news to you my brothers and sisters? No, I would say you’ve heard this many times. So have I. But we are all in need of reminders to stay our course. Jesus knew we’d need reminders, too. He left us with the command to remember Him through Communion; to remember His life, His sacrifice and the promise of eternity. As we bow our heads when we receive the elements we remember; His body that was broken for us and His blood that was shed for us to cleanse us from our sins. He left us with His Holy Spirit to prompt us through life, giving us strength and wisdom as we navigate through the deserts and storms of life. He left us with His word; our map, our love letter, our guide. He also left us with each other; our brothers and sisters in the Lord, to encourage and exhort one another.
I write this to you to remind you today, but also to remind me of the same. Stay the course. Make time to be in his Word. Cast all the cares of this world upon Him in prayer, talking to Him and listening to Him—He really hears and cares. Rely on Him for EVERYTHING in life and He will sustain you. And, by the way, remind someone else to do the same. Let’s help each other stay the course.
Philippians 4:19–20 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.