“Do this is remembrance of Me (1 Corinthians 11:24).” How easily we forget. The Lord knew. We get wrapped up in the events of the day and it slips our minds. From the first to the twenty-first century, distractions abound. Satan sees to that. He dangles the fruit of temptation before us and captures our attention. It shines, allures and deceives. Our senses are drawn. We are fooled. We bite. It addicts. We forget.
It is more likely to be subtle than sudden. We do not wake up one morning intent on shoving the Lord out of our minds. Life just gets busy. Packed schedules crowd Jesus out. We hustle from one assignment to another. How can we possibly fit Him in? So, we don’t. Daily demands replace devotional time. Sunday finds us in an exhausted heap. “Do this in remembrance of Me” takes a backseat to forty extra winks. Sorry Lord, maybe next week.
The drift sets in. It is nearly impossible to detect as it is happening (Hebrews 2:1-4). It comes in tiny steps. We occasionally miss our personal private time with God. Bibles begin to collect dust. Our prayer life becomes sporadic. Worldly ways that used to bother us don’t seem so bad anymore. Our language reflects it. Slowly our hearts are affected. Sin does that (Hebrews 3:13). We harden from the inside out.
Forgetting takes an awful toll on us (2 Peter 1:5-11). Shoving the forgiveness of our sins into the dark closet of our minds turns our priorities upside down. How could anything be in its rightful place when the most important reality in all eternity has been demoted to second class status? It demonstrates that we have lost our sense of the significant and everything is out of order.
Our footing is unsteady. We find ourselves stumbling. The promise of entering the Lord’s eternal kingdom becomes uncertain. Maybe: Maybe not. Our concentration is broken. We chase the corrupting effects of our sinful passions. “Do this in remembrance of Me.” Remember the cleansing of our sins? He did that. Remember Him? Forgetting sets off a chain reaction that results in doubt and self-destruction.
We come together on the first day of the week to remember Him (1 Corinthians 11:23-31). It is the crucified One who made it possible for us to escape sin’s clutches who we memorialize with simple elements. They are not impressive; grape juice and unleavened bread, but they remind us of Him. His body hanging in the midday darkness. His holy blood dripping from wounds that take our guilt away. Remember Him? He never forgets us. He is not an afterthought. He is the centerpiece. Our minds focus on Him. The downward spiral that begins with forgetting the Lord has been replicated through history (Psalm 106:13 & 21), and it has never ended well. It still won’t.