You know those little cards with reminders of appointments you need to make that businesses send out, i.e. Garfield brushing his teeth whereby reminding you to schedule a cleaning at the dentist?
This morning I woke up and thought: we need to be reminded of who we are as Christian believers. Sometimes, (all the time? day in and day out?) this world gets a little heavy, shall we say. The stresses and ugliness of a 30-minute newscast is enough to make me question whether I wanna step out the door or not. Today, even more than yesterday, and let’s be honest, I really needed a reminder yesterday, that God is STILL God and He’s the One in control. Not only that, but we are His “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.” (1 Peter 2:9,10) We are “chosen and appointed by Christ!” (John 15:16) We are part of the “true vine, a channel of Christ’s life!” (John 15:1) We have a spiritual Father, making us sons and daughters of a Most-Worthy Creator! (Rom. 8:14, 15 and Galations 3:26, 4:6…I added in the “Most-Worthy Creator” part. I don’t think He’ll mind.)
We are not POWs on the enemy’s side, but we are instead “prisoners of Christ!” (Ephesians 3:1, 4:1) We are salt and light! (Matthew 5:13, 14) And here’s one of my favorites: 1 John 5:18 says that we are born of God and the enemy of our souls CANNOT touch us. He can’t touch me and he can’t touch you either! If he is trying to get to you these days and you’re feeling like he’s gut-punching you, much less barely touching you, get your gear out (you know, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. Ephesians 6:17)! Stand up for Who and what you believe in, and own your true identity. We are “new creations” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and we are God’s Own workmanship! (Ephesians 2:10) Maybe it’s not us who needs the reminder card so much as we need to be the ones sending that cute little piece of paper, reminding our enemy of who we are.
We win. We win. We win. And we win by a landslide. Be reminded of this today. And don’t forget to schedule your regular teeth cleaning.