How easily we forget (as children are wont to do)
From simple observation, I have gleaned that most children are ungrateful towards their parents.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not suggesting that I was a perfect angel. In fact, I did not realize how much my parents did for me until I had my own children.
Parents sacrifice a great deal to secure the happiness and well-being of their kids. The mother literally carries a human being in her for nine months, only to bring the child into the world by means of painful birth.
Fathers have to forfeit their dream of traveling across the United States on a motorcycle because he is too busy working two jobs. Children’s clothes are just as expensive as adult clothing but the child outgrows theirs in a matter of months. Let us not forget about the bathing, changing of diapers, and etc. This is not even taking the ominous teenage years into consideration!
It just seems that people can forget about the sacrifices that others have made on their behalf.
The saddest fact is that many Christians take the sacrificial death of Jesus for granted. This last Sunday, my church family celebrated the Lord’s Supper. The breaking of the bed symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the wine represents his blood. We are to “do this in remembrance of [Jesus]” (Luke 22:19). It serves to remind us of the salvation that Jesus Christ secured through his wonderful cross.
But who would forget such an act? Who would forget the firefighter who plucked them from the fire? Who would not honor the paramedic who resuscitated them back to life?
And yet, Peter writes in his letter that some have forgotten that Christ saved them from the greatest threat … sin. They have actually “forgotten that they were cleansed from [their] former sins” (2 Peter 1:9). Although it may sound ludicrous that a Christian would forget their Savior; Peter presents it as a real danger.
The charge is clear and simple. Don’t be as an ungrateful child towards Christ. Routinely meditate on the great salvation that he has graciously given you.