“I’m preaching to the choir.” I said it again the last time I taught a group. These were “seasoned veterans” who knew the Scriptures well, and even though we can all learn more each time we open the Bible, I felt like I wasn’t really exposing them to anything new.
Honestly, teaching people who have never studied a particular passage before is often easier. They’re a bit more like new sponges eager to soak up whatever is “spilled out”! Yet, Peter didn’t let the audience’s familiarity with his message slow him down one bit. Listen to his perspective:
I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder…(2 Peter 1:13, ESV)
Peter understood that after a time, many of us will have read the Scriptures from cover to cover. Yet, because God’s Word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12), we can ALWAYS learn more from it – even from familiar passages. Never should we have a “been there, done that” mentality.
While new concepts may not be discovered, every journey through His Word can serve as a reminder. A reminder of what God has said. A reminder of what we are supposed to do, or not do. A reminder of God’s love for us, of His forgiveness of our sins. A reminder to share that message of love and forgiveness with others, etc.
Peter says that reminders are right because they “stir us up” (which comes from a Greek word meaning “to wake out of a sleep”). Friends, this world can rock us to sleep when it comes to the things of God. Because that’s true, it’s good, it’s right, and it’s necessary to be awakened by way of reminder brought by the Scriptures.
Have you allowed yourself to be rocked to sleep? In what way can you stir up others by way of biblical reminders? How can others awaken you? –Dave
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