Remember Jesus

William C. Brownson

Read: 2 Timothy 2:8-10

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! (v. 8)

Paul has just been urging Timothy to “share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:3). He is to have courage, to concentrate on pleasing his commander, to be disciplined and diligent. Now comes the secret of all such service: “Remember Jesus Christ”—the king in David’s line, the crucified and risen Lord.

Those words stir me every time I read them. They bring me back to what really matters. They remind me of my tendency to forget, to be occupied with my own concerns, when remembering him is the heart of everything. Israel frequently forgot the Lord’s deliverance and mercy, living as though they were on their own. The church has often forgotten, mired in barren speculation and petty squabbles.

The Lord knows our weakness. He gave us the Lord’s Supper, a feast of remembrance. Every time we partake it’s to remind us of him (1 Cor. 11:23-26). The study of the Word, worship, the preaching of the gospel, the fellowship of God’s people—all these are memory aids to keep him before us. They move us to say, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Ps. 103:2)! If you want to be a good servant, a good soldier, remember Jesus Christ! —Bill Brownson

As you pray, remember the Lord Jesus in your living and in your dying—the whole of your life from this day forward.