I Don’t Want To Be Forgotten
Written by Jay Yeager
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 02:48

I don’t want to be forgotten


(Isaiah 65:17)


For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come to mind”


The new heavens and new earth promised by God (II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1) is that heavenly city foursquare. In this heavenly city there are things which will not be there (Revelation 21:4):

  1. No tears

  2. No death

  3. No sorrow

  4. No crying

  5. No pain


The question that often arises is this: When we get to heaven and if, perchance, loved ones are not there, how can there be no tears and no sorrow? Isaiah 65:17 just may provide the answer to that question. What I want to do with this lesson is two fold.

  1. I don’t want to be forgotten

  2. I don’t want to forget


I don’t want to be forgotten


Friends, we are talking about people that we love. We are also talking about a very serious subject that is inseparably connected; namely, why we would be forgotten. And here is the answer - because we have either refused or have failed to take care of our own salvation.


No one else can do that for us. There is a personal responsibility in salvation. In a time when no one wants to accept responsibility for their own actions, here is an area where it cannot be shifted to another. No blame game here. Granted, there are a lot of things that can help us refuse or neglect our salvation. For example:


  1. A missing example from home. Dad and mom did not put the church first, and if they do not think it important, why should I?


  1. My husband/wife does not help me think about eternity.


  1. So and so does not act very much like a Christian.


I may try to lay the blame on someone else’s shoulders, and if those things are true, they will answer for themselves. But when it comes right to it, salvation is a personal thing. This is an area where we are allowed to think of ourselves first.


And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying save yourselves from this untoward generation” (Acts 2:40).

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12).


Each of us needs to save ourselves, and then do what we can to save others. For me? Yes! More than that, I want my family to go to heaven, but not without me. I do not want my family to go to heaven and then forget me!


Salvation is bigger than any one person. In this sense, the saved turn (first) to those closest to them and want them to be saved as well. John 1:40-42 serves as an illustration of what I have in mind.


One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him (Jesus), was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, we have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus…” That’s what disciples do; they try to bring loved ones to Jesus!


I don’t want to forget those I care about


Folks, we are talking about your mate, your children, your parents, relatives, and friends. Maybe this will prompt us to feel an urgency. I want to go to heaven, and I want you there with me.


I know we cannot use force, but we can reason out of the scriptures. Teach them what they need to know to obey the gospel of Christ.


Teach them that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. They must believe the evidence God has given them to know that for certain.


God acknowledged Jesus verbally from heaven – “This is my Beloved Son” (Matthew 3:13-17; 17:1-5)


Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (John 1:14; 18; 3:16; 18; I John 4:9)


The second member of the Godhead, the Godhead is declared (Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9), and then revealed (Matthew 28:19; I John 5:7; Ephesians 4:4-6).


Jesus is the Saviour of the world (John 4:42; I John 4:14). There is no salvation in any other (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; I John 5:11-12).


Teach them the meaning of repentance, a change of heart that leads to a change of life. Repentance is:

Commanded (Acts 17:30)

Defined (II Corinthians 7:9-10)

Illustrated (Matthew 21:28-31)


Teach them the importance of confession. Initially? Yes! “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, see, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, if thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:36-37). Confession is unto salvation (Romans 10:10).


But more than that, the need to continue confessing your faith in Christ. No matter where, no matter the company, no shame in Christ or in his teaching (II Timothy 1:12; Mark 8:38).


Teach them why baptism is so important. The simple truth is that no one can be saved without immersion. Beloved, if God is of purer eyes than to look upon sin, and he is (Habakkuk 1:13), how could we possibly stand before him justified, without having our sins being remitted, washed away, in the watery grave of baptism (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Romans 6:3-5)? We absolutely could not. Baptism puts us into Christ (Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 3:26-27).


If they know, perhaps, it is time for a frank discussion. Maybe we need to look at those we love and tell them; “I don’t want to forget you. What are you waiting for?” Let’s serve Christ together, let’s help each other go to heaven.


If you are a Christian, be an example they can follow, be an example they want to follow!


I Do Not Want To Be Forgotten By My Loved Ones


I Don’t Want To Forget Those I Love


I want to go to heaven; I want you to go too! No more putting off what you need to do. Either to become a Christian or to live as a faithful Christian.


Now! Right now is the time to make that decision!