Sometimes The Obvious Things Are Forgotten
Volume IX ~ Issue XIII ~ December 21st, 2008
By: Brian A. Yeager
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Remembering the things we learn from God’s word can often become a challenge. We know that remembering and practicing the truth is necessary for our salvation (I Corinthians 15:1-2 and James 1:21-25). Sometimes, we study a text or subject and do not get back to that text or subject for some time. This is a problem that goes back in time. Notice what Peter wrote by inspiration: “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour” (II Peter 3:1-2).

This article is going to deal with things that I’ve seen brethren forgetting too often. As with all avenues of teaching, this will not cover everything, but will cover the things we need to think upon. We simply do not want to forget the good things we are supposed to be doing (Hebrews 13:16) and we certainly don’t want to forget some things we should not be doing (Hebrews 10:26-31).

Christians can easily forget to give preference to their brethren (Romans 12:10). As brothers and sisters in Christ, this is part of our relationship as a family and as a body of one (Ephesians 2:19; 3:15 and I Corinthians 12:14-27). The mindset of serving one another needs to prevail among our membership (John 13:1-17). We are directly instructed to serve one another and bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 5:13; 6:2). Our service to God is full-time as is our responsibilities towards our brethren (John 13:34-35 and I Peter 1:22).

In talking about full-time service, sometimes people forget that when they are traveling they’re still expected to serve the Lord (Matthew 6:33). This includes their responsibilities on the first day of the week in assembling with
faithful saints (Acts 20:7, I Corinthians 16:1-2, and Hebrews 10:23-25). A faithful child of God would not only worship with faithful saints, but would also continue daily studies of God’s word (Acts 17:10-11) and continual applications of those truths they are studying or have learned in times past (John 8:31-32). Vacationing from our local lives does not mean we stop living the life of a disciple of the Lord.

A faithful child of God should never forget that we are lights expected to shine in this dark world (Matthew 5:13-16 and Philippians 2:15). We teach powerful lessons by way of example (I Thessalonians 2:10). We need to make sure we are the type of example others can follow (I Corinthians 4:16; 11:1 and Philippians 3:17). However, it is hard to be a good example for others to follow if we never examine ourselves to assure we are doing right (Matthew 7:1-5).

We must not forget that we need to spend more time looking at ourselves rather than looking to find fault in everyone else (I Corinthians 11:31-32 and II Corinthians 13:5). Some people can rattle off the problems with everyone else, but cannot see the errors of their own ways (Romans 2:1-3). We have to take an honest look in the mirror all the time to make sure we are right in the sight of God. We have to make sure we are looking in the Scriptures as we examine ourselves so that our opinion of ourselves does not put us into a better place than God does (I Samuel 16:7 and Hebrews 4:12).

As God’s people, we must not forget that the Bible is our source for everything we need to know (Job 32:8, II Timothy 3:16-17, and II Peter 1:3). For example, so many people spend their money going to physiologists to try to find remedies for things like stress. Frankly, the word of God shows us these remedies. Martha was one who was stressed over the little things in life that do not matter much at all. She was trying to show hospitality, but was missing the big picture that learning from Jesus was more important (Luke 10:38-40). Jesus told her:
“And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful [anxious; Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon] and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42). While hospitality is something we all need to be doing, we cannot become stressed out over it or neglect the greater things. You see, anxiety is resolved by realizing what is more important and spending our time on those matters.

Since we brought the subject of hospitality up above, let’s realize that Christians must not forget to be hospitable (Romans 12:13). We need to be willing to open our homes and have social time with our brethren (Acts 2:46). Christians will serve one another in this manner if we are faithful to God (Acts 16:34; 40). Furthermore, we must be willing to be hospitable without griping about it (I Peter 4:9).

Faithful brethren must remember not to be gripers (Philippians 2:14). Those who constantly grumble and complain are always out only for their own interests (cf. Jude 16). The Lord’s people ought to be happy (Psalms 32:11, Psalms 64:10, Psalms 144:15, Proverbs 16:20, and I Peter 1:8-9). What could we possibly have to complain constantly about since we, as faithful Christians, have our hope in the Lord (Psalms 146:5)? Brethren, we ought to be constantly mindful of the joy we have because of Christ (Romans 5:11).

There are so many more things we could have discussed in this article. When you think about our brethren, there are many things that we should not forget which seem to be forgotten points of truth. As we conclude, we’ll have a sort of “grand finale” of points.

As Christians, we should not forget to be militant (Philippians 1:17, Ephesians 6:10-17, and Jude 3), but we must not forget to have compassion (I Peter 3:8). We must not forget to be thankful for all our Lord has done (I Thessalonians 5:18). We must not forget that we are not supposed to be naive [simple] (Proverbs 1:22). We must not forget that it is better to give than to receive (Acts 20:33-35). We must remember not be repetitive with empty words in our prayers to God (Matthew 6:7). We must remember to sing to our God (Ephesians 5:19) rather than quietly whisper to Him. There is a lot we must not forget! Let’s stay busy remembering!