There is a big difference in forgetting something and not knowing something.
The other day I came home and Grayson, my 3-year-old son, comes running up to me and says, “Daddy, where is my baseball pillow?”
I had no idea where his pillow was. I had just walked in the door. Not only did I not know where it was, I didn’t even know what pillow he was talking about. I had never seen him with a pillow that looked like a baseball.
So I said to him, “Grayson, I don’t know what pillow you’re talking about.”
His response brought absolutely no clarity when he said, “I’m talking about my baseball pillow.”
In this situation we have two dilemmas that are contributing to the problematic situation. The first dilemma is that I don’t know what pillow he is talking about. Plus, since I had just walked in the door, I wouldn’t have known where it was even if I did know what pillow he was talking about. The second dilemma is that he did not remember what he had done with the pillow.
You see, there is a big difference in forgetting something and not knowing something.
To some level, we are not responsible for what we don’t know. But when we become aware that we don’t know something we should know, it is our responsibility to seek out knowledge.
Let’s look at my story with Grayson as an example. I could have taken the approach that since I wasn’t around, it wasn’t my responsibility to know where the pillow was, so I didn’t need to worry about it. However, since I knew my son needed my help, I took the responsibility to help find the pillow.
After he and I did some searching around the house, I came across his New York Yankees pillow pet (I hear the Pittsburgh boos now). Grayson jumped up and said, “Here it is, I found it!” Technically I found it, but that’s not the point. Now I had the knowledge not only of where his baseball pillow was, but also what his baseball pillow was.
I had to seek out the knowledge of what I did not know.
Now there is the issue of forgetting. There are many reasons why we forget things. Sometimes we are distracted. Other times we don’t feel that something is a priority. And sometimes it’s just basic human nature. Whatever the reason for the forgetfulness, there are some things that are so important that we have to keep reminding ourselves of them.
It’s so easy to get distracted and forget what God has called us to do as individuals and as a church. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of what Jesus has done and what He is asking us to do.
2 Timothy 2:8-10 (NIV): "Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory."
Paul would not have told Timothy to “Remember Jesus Christ” if he didn’t know that it could be easy to lose sight of what is important.
Several weeks ago God gave me the purpose statement for this new chapter in the life of South Hills Assembly, and today I’m asking you to remember our God given purpose.
South Hills Assembly is a place where ALL people can be RESTORED through grace, SET FREE by truth, and EMPOWERED to go.
If we keep reminding ourselves of this, we will stay focused on the calling of God for our church, and we will see God do amazing things.