April 19, 2017

May is a big month – What’s on your calendar?

“For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And I will remember their sins no more.” – Hebrews 8:12

May is a month filled with important celebratory and memorial days. Do you have a favorite?

First there is May Day – “a traditional Spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the celebrations”. Or for others, May Day is the date chosen to commemorate “International Workers’ Day by the Socialists and Communists.”

Cake, anybody?

Another is Cinco de Mayo – “a celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza”.

Mexican food, anybody?

Then there are several that memorialize national defense issues and those who serve the public. Take for instance May 2nd; National Explosive Ordnance Day. May 6th is Nurses Day and May 8th, is Truman Day. May 11th is Confederate Day, which is observed in NC and SC. Then there are National Defense Transportation Day, Peace Officers Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, Emergency Medical Services for Children Day, National Maritime Day and the big one, Memorial Day; “originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America”.

I have family buried in Arlington cemetery. It’s a humbling, heart wrenching place to be, to remember, to be grateful…

But, we should not forget two other significant memorial dates on our calendar.

The first is May 7th, The National Day of Prayer. This day is “an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation. Each year since its inception, the president has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.”

Finally, the other “Big One”; Mother’s Day – which is “a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.”

What’s the point? Simply this, it is good for us to remember the days, folks and events of the past that have added life, value and meaning to our lives, today. It is true, memorials, reminders and memory is good. Prayer is good, Moms are great. But a greater day of memory is coming.

If we think remembering the past is important, how much more does God? That’s the point, and that point should lead us to a pause, for ourselves…

Paul writes, in Romans 2, that when we think about our lives and listen to our conscience, we should remember the future! Remember the future? Yes! Even though it sounds like an oxymoron, let’s do ourselves a favor and remember the future and for this reason … “on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.” Romans 2:16

Yes, the future, a “day” of reckoning is coming.

Therefore, may I ask, is Jesus Christ your Savior? Has the memory and offense of your sins been washed away by His blood on that cross at Calvary? Have you accepted His sacrifice for your salvation? If not, do it now for your future will be based on “that day”; the day of your commitment before “the day” of His judgment; (“For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God…and each one will give an account” Romans 14:10, 12). Therefore, I urge you, do it now if you’ve not done so before; cast yourself on Jesus for forgiveness of sins and receipt of His gift of eternal life. (“Yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach”) Colossians, 1:22

Mark it well; to make a memory, you must first make an event. Everything on the May calendar proves that something happened years ago, an event or events, that produced a memory. The “event” I am talking about is the transaction of your commitment – that you ask Jesus to forgive and save you. That is the event, that is the marker of memory; it’s called making a commitment – heart to heart, your heart to His. He already gave you His heart at Calvary. It’s your turn now.

And if you make that commitment now, please let me know. I would like to play a role in helping you to grow in Christ. That is what we do, at Master’s Men, help men know Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him. It my/our greatest honor – to help others toward a great memory.

Jim Cote – Founder, Master’s Men