I have said it a thousand times.
- To my children every time they left the house for travel.
- To the church congregations I have been privileged to serve.
- To those departing on mission trips.
- To friends leaving on vacations.
I have probably overused the phrase, but remembering who we are is so important:
- For God’s earliest covenant people, it was the glue holding them together.
- For later Jewish communities it was the mezuzah on their doorpost.
- For the Christian at the Communion table, it is the focus of the feast.
Sitting alongside new streams of water in Babylon, the Jewish exiles remembered.
“Jerusalem! If I forget you,
let my strong hand wither!
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth
if I don’t remember you,
if I don’t make Jerusalem my greatest joy.” (Psalm 137:5-6)
The Psalmist was adamant about remembering. As he saw it, remembering their homeland meant clinging to their identity. Don’t forget who you are—
You are a child of God. You are a living expression of Christ to the world. Remember it
- when you are driving,
- when you are alone and pondering your life,
- when you are with friends,
- when you are with your family,
- when life has its twists and turns.
Some would say, “You have been washed in the blood.” Others would say, “You have been made new. You are a born-again Christian.” However you want to express it, just remember it and live in light of it.