One of the ways that we have been trying to teach our kinds about Jesus and the gospel is asking them to figure out ways that their current activity relates to them. (Sometimes finding the relationship between “How to Train Your Dragon” and the gospel is a bit of a stretch… but we normally are able to find it!) The only problem that I have found with this practice is that now I find myself doing it all the time!
For instance, I was flossing… not the awesome yet overdone dance move… flossing my teeth and all of a sudden it hit me: cleaning my teeth is a lot like the gospel. Every single day I brush my chompers, both morning and night, to keep them looking fresh and free from plaque and germs… but there is something about using a bit of dental floss that gives my mouth a “fresh from the dentist feel.” When I rub my tongue against the back of my teeth after flossing it is crazy how different it feels! (TMI? Sorry…)
The thought that hit my head after flossing: we need a refresher of the gospel every day. Actually going and trusting a dental hygienist and dentist to get your mouth completely clean is the only way to actually make sure you are in for some good oral health, but every day we need to do our part. We need to not just coast through life brushing to make sure we don’t have bad breath, but actually taking out the floss and getting rid of the nastiness! (And it gives us the added benefit of reminding us how good our mouth feels when we come out of the dentist’s office!) Actually going and trusting the God of the universe to cleans you from all of your unrighteousness is the only way to actually make sure that you are in for some good spiritual health, but every day we need to do our part. We need to not just coast through life with a prayer at meal times and attending our small group and Sunday service every once in a while, but actually commit each day to God and seek reminders from Him about who you are in His world, from His Word, and through the guidance of His Spirit and His people. (And it gives us the added benefit of reminding us how good it feels to be in the presence of the Most High King known as one of His children!) We need a reminder about the gospel every single day.
I think this is why Peter wrote these words:
12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.
2 Peter 1:12-15
We need reminders about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every day. What are you doing that helps you?