This past Sunday my pastor preached a sermon out of 2 Peter chapter 3 which begins:
This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles (2 Peter 3:1-2).
One of his areas of emphasis was our need for constant reminder. It is certainly true in my life. It is so easy to drift away from the truth unless we are regularly reeled back in by studying the Bible and by hearing it faithfully preached from the pulpit. So many people seem to believe that once they “graduate” from Sunday School or a catechism class, they no longer need to study the Bible. Put Peter’s warning to these Christians shows that we need to be reminded. We need to be stirred up by hearing the Word. The Lord established the church so that we would be in constant fellowship with other believers and under the care of the pastor and elders. These are God-ordained means to protect us from going astray.
Are you being stirred up regularly? Are you being faithful to the commandments of our Lord and Savior that were passed down to us by the apostles? Or have you “graduated” and moved on to “better things”?