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Remembering How God Saves

“Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters. And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, ‘This is done because of what the Lord did for me when I came up from Egypt.’ ” Exodus 13:7-8

It’s good for us to remember and recall the good and great things the Lord has done for us. Do you remember when you gave your life to Christ and in obedience to his instructions were baptized as a witness of the new life you’re now living in Christ Jesus?

Mine was when I’d just turned 10 years old.

The founder of Amazing Facts, Joe Crews, was preaching a series in Lansing, Michigan, and my family attended nearly every meeting. Additionally, my father, who was the principle of the local Adventist Church School, arranged to have Sid Mills, a Pastor and musician working with Joe Crews, come to our school and conduct a week of prayer for us. After that week Pastor Mills conducted a baptismal class for any of the school children wanting to be baptized. My twin brother and I, along with a few other children, were part of that class.

The day we were baptized was such an exciting day for me. I’m not sure that I understood all that was happening but I did know that what I was doing I was doing for Jesus and I wanted my life to be his.

There’ve been other special events as my life with Christ has grown; like the day a few years later when I got myself in trouble which resulted in my realizing that I needed a relationship with God not dependent on my parents, and the day in college when I got a letter from someone concerned about my relationship with God because they’d seen me and could tell that I wasn’t living like I had before I went to college.

All of these events have been important to me in growing me up in my relationship with God. They’ve all, together with other experiences been instrumental in setting me free from the sin in my life and opening my eyes to the life God so desperately wants to bless me with.

Too little do we remember and recall the providences of God in our lives that guide us closer to him. God wanted Israel to remember the exodus. He well knew our tendency to forget so he instituted a feast to recall and remind them of the life he’d brought them from, of the strength he’d had to accomplish it, and of the life they now had because he’d intervened.

I think it would be good when birthdays, or communion services, are celebrated for us to recall the day we were baptized and to recount different times when God’s come near and demonstrated that he’s still drawing us closer to himself.

We could also pause at other times, like right now, and remember and be thankful to God that he’s set us free.

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