How To Help Them Remember

D.A. Carson once said that his students don’t remember everything that he teaches, but they remember the things he’s excited about (see Justin Taylor’s post for full quote).  This should lead us to ask ourselves the question, “What do I get most excited about?”  If what you get most excited about isn’t the Gospel, then what is it that you leave ringing in people’s ears?  If it isn’t the Gospel, ultimately, then you really are doing a disservice to those who surround you.  If you aren’t most excited about the Gospel, then functionally, you are helping to tempt people to believe that there is more joy and value in things that are shallow and even empty in view of eternity.  I can sit down with my kids to read the Bible every single night of their lives out of obligation or pressure because I’m a pastor, but they will know what Daddy believes to be most important by the light in my eyes and the passion in my voice when I speak of it.  If we want to point people to Christ, we need to get excited about Christ.  If you’re a Christian who currently isn’t excited about Christ, how can you change that?Ask God’s forgiveness for not recognizing the awesomeness of His Son, plead with Him to change your heart, and permeate your life with the Gospel.  God works through means (or avenues or conduits if you like), so spend more time meditating on the Word, ask people what God is teaching them, listen to sermons or podcasts, ask those closest to you to pray for your heart, and go to Church…  to serve and be served.  This will help cultivate an excitement for Jesus that will point people to what is rightly most exciting!

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About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

One response to “How To Help Them Remember

  • Ken Basinger

    This was a great encouragement to me. My light should shine so others know what my greatest hope and joy is about: Christ and His gospel!

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