“For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church.”
1 Corinthians 4:17 NASB
I am very sick right now and feel like my diet these last few days has consisted of little more than snot and juice. No, I’m not puking. It’s probably just a bad cold or sinus infection. But anyway, I spoke with a doctor friend asking when I needed to go to the doctor. She pretty much assured me the cold would go away after it had run its course whether I went to the doctor or not. Then she reminded me of all those things doctors always say. “Drink lots of fluids. A spoonful of local honey will be good for your throat. Do some steam treatments, like standing in the shower. Get plenty of rest.” I listened, grateful for the advice, but slightly frustrated that there wasn’t more I could do.
Then I realized something. I needed that reminder! In the midst of feeling miserable, I needed to be reminded that this would pass and that all those things you’re supposed to do when you’re sick actually help—despite whether we feel like it’s helping or not. The same can be said for our spiritual lives. We know we’re supposed to be reading our Bibles, spending time in prayer, going to church, being connected with other believers, etc. But we need reminders! Especially when we feel miserable and it doesn’t seem like any of those things are doing any good! And yet we have to keep doing those things that do make a difference. For just as a cold must run its course, so must a trial! Yet a just as a cold could last longer and be far more miserable if we don’t take care of ourselves, so I believe a trial could last longer or be much harder if we don’t follow God through it.
Paul sent Timothy to the Corinthians to remind them of how to live for the Lord. The Corinthians needed a reminder. Do you need reminders? Do you have friends who remind you of the Lord’s promises? Are you the type of person who reminds your friends of the Lord and all He’s done for them? Pray for needed reminders and to be a walking encouragement through reminding others to keep on keeping on in their walks with the Lord. Amen!