John Bevere gave a great encouragement on Tuesday about remembering. It was based on this scripture:
And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” (Matthew 13:52 ESV)
When it comes to the things of faith it is really easy to have a tendency to always be moving forward looking for that next “new” thing. While I know that God is continually doing a NEW THING in us and through us, what Jesus is saying in the above scripture is that wise followers don’t just go after the new and forget their past but treasure the things of the past.
While we continue to change, learn, and grow maybe we occasionally need to go back to that place that God touched us. In the message he encouraged us to find a way to minister to others from that place. When I say to go back to the place I don’t mean try to relive the past (please don’t try to recreate something God once did), instead, I am suggesting that you relive in your heart the “place”, feeling, and ministry that Jesus did in you through it. Remember. I call this finding a new passion from my old treasure and found myself doing that some Wednesday. As I thought back I was reminded of this song and particular video and found it (video is posted below). I remember seeing this on a Saturday night years ago on the Gaither Gospel Hour (don’t be hatin’). This came during a time that God was doing a new thing in my heart. Little did I know that this song and its contemporaries would begin a new movement in my church, our region and would help people to understand that we can honor Jesus in a different way than we’ve always known.
Going back to the place where God touched you doesn’t mean trying to bring that song, ministry, sermon or movement back again – if you do it probably WILL NOT be relevant. But as you “go back” and remember may you treasure that time God moved and be reminded that He is faithful and is with you. I pray that you will use it and the love you feel to remember. I pray that others will receive the results of your remembering and from the Spirit Who lives within you.