Our Wednesday night the adult class where I preach at West Main is studying Peter’s epistles and is being taught very ably by one of our young men, Zach Kelsey.
Last night we were covering the text in 2 Peter 1:12-15 where Peter said that it was important to remind his readers of the Truth, although they knew it and were established in it. After discussing why that is necessary, Zach asked, “What are some ways in which we can be reminded of the Truth?’
Of course, personal Bible study topped the list, along with attendance at worship services and Bible classes. Someone mentioned involvement in ministry. And fellowship with other Christians in our homes is also important.
At that point I raised my hand and suggested that it would be helpful if everyone read a daily blog. Although that quip drew some laughter, along with inquiries of “do you know of any good blogs,” there was a serious point behind it.
Some kind of daily devotional reading is helpful. It may be in the form books, blogs, or magazines. There are several men (and women) who write regularly to challenge us spiritually. I gain insight, understanding and strength from their posts. And, of course, ideas for ThePreachersWord.
Peter’s point and the focus of the class was that it’s easy to forget. To allow ourselves to become distracted. To become short sighted with our present day problems. And to allow the admonitions of God’s Word to be shoved aside.
Our constant busyness in a rush-rush world is not conducive to meditation, reflection and personal introspection. The need for continual spiritual self-evaluation is necessary. The Bible says “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5).
“Be diligent” was a reminder to the young preacher Timothy from his mentor Paul. Not only in his preaching ministry, but in his personal life (2 Tim. 2:15) It’s a good word of warning to all of us.
The purpose of ThePreachersWord is to remind us. Daily. To offer encouragement. To highlight Truth. To expose error. To share spiritual insights. To furnish Biblical counsel. To exhort to continued faithfulness. And to inspire to greater fruitfulness.
In fact, the importance of being reminded has at its core an emotional component. Intellectually, we may know what is right. And can even cite the correct scripture to prove it. But knowing it and doing it are vastly two different things. Various reminders can touch us on a deeper level. They can provide inspiration to move us closer to God and spiritual maturity.
Let me strongly advise you to seek regular reminders in your life. They are vital for your spiritual health. And for your future growth.
As for me, Peter’s advice is appropriate both for preaching and blogging.
“Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of a reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.” (2 Peter 1:12-15).
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman