Shortly after I moved to Colorado to preach for the Bear Valley congregation, some unknown prankster gave me one of the coolest gifts I have ever owned. In a large blister card, sealed in plastic with a cardboard backing, there were eight Matchbox cars that had been smashed and semi-crushed. At the top of the cardboard backing was an inscription: “Everybody always prays for the preacher to have a ‘ready wreck collection,’ so here it is. Your very own wreck collection.” That was nearly 17 years ago and it still sits in my office today. What a genius prank!
Preachers greatly appreciate those prayers. Much study and preparation goes into each lesson and we want to remember what and how to say what we plan to present. “Ready” implies we don’t have to struggle. “Recollection” is the ability to recall what is in the mind (or on the page).
Have you ever thought about how vital a ready recollection is for all of us as Christians, as we live our daily lives?
- When the world tries to give you a rival, recall that the Lord is God, and there is no other (Isa. 46:8-9).
- When you are afflicted, recall the Lord’s lovingkindness (Lam. 3:19-22).
- When you are so troubled you cannot speak, remember your song in the night (Psa. 77:4-6).
- When you feel forgotten, remember the deeds and wonders of God (Psa. 77:11).
- Whether life is going great or poorly, remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth (1 Chron. 16:8-12).
- When you are afraid, remember the Lord who is great and awesome (Neh. 4:14).
- Before the difficult days come, remember your Creator in your youth (Ecc. 12:1).
- When you hit a spiritual low point, remember your sin and hate it (Ezek. 20:43-44).
- When faced with the needs of the weak, remember how Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
- When looking at your past, remember what you were but thank God for what you are now in Christ (Eph. 2:12-13).
- Whatever your circumstance, remember Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 2:8).
Walk through Scripture and see how often it says to “recall” and “remember.” The Lord’s Supper is instituted as a weekly reminder for us to recall the price paid for us. God knows that we can become lax and forgetful. All of us are served well by having ready recollections. Let’s build our collection of the things we need to remember to spiritually survive this world and prepare ourselves for an eternity in the presence of the great God who has done so much for us!