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Tie A String Around Your Finger

on April 18, 2016

Revelation 2:4– Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

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Last week, my grandson told me about an upcoming baseball game he’d like me to attend. He said to make sure I didn’t forget.  In response, I found myself answering, “I guess I’ll just have to tie a string around my finger.”

He had a good laugh at that one, but there really was a time—back in the “olden days” when we actually did use that as a method of reminding ourselves about important commitments.

Nowadays, we have alarm clocks, daily planners, smart watches, and computers that are capable of reminding us of everything from dental appointments to the expiration dates on coupons.

To be sure, there are a lot of things we need to remember. And, with so many of them competing with each other, we often put off doing the things that should be the most important to us.

Nothing is more important to me than my relationship with Jesus Christ. Yet, spending time in reading God’s Word and in prayer are sometimes pushed aside to make room for things that have no eternal value—things that seem so important at the time, but really are nothing more than meaningless clutter in an already-busy life.

Jesus asks us to remember (along with the church at Ephesus to which the letter, above, was written) that He is to be our “first love.” And, because of that, it is only fitting that we “…remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” (Exodus 20:8); “…remember His marvelous works…His wonders…” (Psalm 105:5); “…Remember(ing) without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ…” (I Thessalonians 1:30); and “Remember that Jesus Christ the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to (the) gospel (2 Timothy 2:8).

In order to nurture a relationship with Christ, we need to spend time with Him. Some Christians receive emails containing daily devotions. A long-time friend of mine blocks off an hour in her planner each day for prayer and Bible Study. Still another, sets the alarm on his watch for the last ten minutes of every hour to be spent in prayer for others.

Do you desire to spend more time with The Lord?

Try tying a string around your finger…

 

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