Shelli is determined to lose weight. Shelli has a number written on her hand. This number reminds Shelli of the weight she wants to be next week. Because the number stares back at Shelli every time she opens the fridge, or sits down to eat, or writes her grocery list, she is reminded of her goal to eat healthfully. She keeps this number always before her to remind her what she is to be about. Because of this visual reminder and the remembrance of her purpose (losing weight), Shelli is enabled to keep herself in check. The reminder is what keeps Shelli focused on her goal.
Here’s what we can learn from that: As Christ-followers, much of our spiritual laziness or neglect occurs in our lives because we forget what we are to be about. We forget to remember to be holy. This is why, in the Old Testament, God told his people to set up altars—or memorials—to help them remember their roles and His faithfulness. God knows we are naturally forgetful which is why He wrote His Word down for us in the Bible. If we don’t know what is in the Bible, or if we haven’t spent much time lately in the presence of God, we will have trouble capturing our thoughts and making them obedient to Him. But, if we start each day by filling our lives with Truth from the Bible, if we pray for direction from the Creator of the world, if we consciously choose to give up our “rights” for His glory, if we hide Scripture in our minds and in our hearts, our lives “will be hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3) as they should be. And our days will be all about Him…not about us. This daily re-focusing reminder will keep us focused on Heaven, not on earth, and help us remember why we are here—to glorify the One True God.
What will you do today
to help you not forget
to be holy?
I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.