Do you remember who you were before knowing Jesus? Do you remember those moments when you first trusted in God? In our Baptism class I tell the candidates to write their testimony using three main questions:
1) What kind of person were you before knowing Jesus?
2) How did you encounter God?
3) Who are you now, having received Jesus as your Savior?
In Deuteronomy, God often reminds the Israelites to “remember” their past as they journeyed into the promised land. Moses repeatedly asked Israel to remember because throughout the 40 years that Moses led the people of Israel in the wilderness we find that the Israelites complained a lot! When they forgot, they rebelled; when they remembered, they worshiped.
Oftentimes when we become overwhelmed, frustrated or depressed, it is because we have forgotten to look back remembering who God is, where He has saved us from or the promises God has made in our lives. We allow our present circumstances to dictate our mindset and take away the Joy of our Salvation! Due to forgetfulness we allow the present disruptions to take away our freedom to live a life of worship, in unison with God.
- Would you set a time to remember your past by writing down God’s footprints in your life as we’ve done in the Baptism class?
- Would you find someone to share and celebrate those life-changing moments of your encounter with God? You are saved! When looking back, you will live like those who were saved from slavery in Egypt.
- Looking forward. Who do you want to pass it on to? Testify your salvation to the next generation so they might also know and remember WHO God is and WHAT God has done. By that, you are able to look beyond the present disruptions, setting your eyes on God and the mission He has given to you.