There is always more we can learn from the living Word—even from passages we have studied for years. And we should certainly approach familiar passages with a heart eager to learn more. But there is another posture we should also cultivate as we approach well-known texts: a readiness to be reminded.
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He dealt with many people who believed they were part of the kingdom. In response, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount and showed those who are in the kingdom of heaven recognize their sin, see God’s perfection, have a pure heart, and conduct themselves with a proper fear of God.
Paul’s example speaks loud and clear. Give your life away to “the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” If Jesus thought the church was precious enough to die for, should we not think her precious enough to live for?
From the “Hall of Faith” of Hebrews 11, to those we desire to emulate in our era, we all have a spiritual legacy from which we can draw confidence in God’s faithfulness. We can look back on the example set for us by men like David Jones to preach the gospel, use soap if necessary.