Theme of the Week: Zombieland
Bible Verse: “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel” 2 Timothy 2:8, ESV
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 8:10-20
It’s tragic when you stare into a loved one’s eyes, and they struggle to remember who you are because of dementia. It’s as if all your shared experiences with this person never happened, and it’s heartbreaking.
Shared memories are critical in any significant friendship, whether it be between spouses or war veterans. It’s likewise important in our relationship with the Lord, more so because we don’t physically see him.
2 Timothy 2:8 admonishes us to “remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead.” Remembering the risen Jesus – and all that he has done for us uniquely in our own lives – is at the core of our walk with him. He’s alive, interceding for us, and beckoning us to live boldly for him. In the book of 2 Timothy, Paul is imprisoned and exhorting young Timothy to stand strong in the faith despite any opposition.
Recalling this week’s zombie theme, zombies are mindless creatures, the walking dead. Far be it for us to be compared to these grotesque fictional creatures, but we risk being zombie-like when we forget the Lord and live life without him. When we do that, we’re godless creatures living for ourselves.
Moses warned the Israelites not to forget the Lord after they had settled prosperously in Canaan (Deuteronomy 8:11). Jesus also warned the wayward church of Sardis to remember what they had received and heard (Revelation 3:3).
The challenge is that it’s relatively easy to forget God but difficult to remember him. It’s almost our default nature to forget God. And when we forget, we stray, and we sin.
Instead, one has to make a concerted effort to remember God, practically fighting to think about him from the moment we hop out of bed. But – unlike with dementia – remembering God is in our control. Strive every day to remember Jesus, and you’ll have a godly impact on others.
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