Monday, May 27, will be Memorial Day. This day is set aside to remember all who have sacrificially given their lives for our nation. Since the Declaration of Independence in 1776, nearly 600,000 Americans have died in times of conflict ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror. Each person who died had a family, had a story, and days like Memorial Day give us pause to soberly reflect on the true meaning of sacrifice. I hope that at some point over the holiday weekend, you will give thanks for those who have given so much so that we can enjoy the privilege of living in this great country.
As a church family, we gather each Sunday, in large part, to remember. We remember just how much God loves us. We remember the sacrifice that was made so we can be free from sin. We remember that Jesus gave his life, but he also conquered death and rose from the grave. We remember who we are because of what He has done. In I Peter 2:9, the writer says, “for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.”
We must remember who we are, yet we must also live in light of whose we are. Peter continues by saying in verse 10, “As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” This is our challenge; that our memory will move us show the world the goodness of God. Every day is a day to remember, and every day is a day to illuminate an irresistible Jesus.
Don’t forget to ‘Take 5’