Preaching the gospel to ourselves is an important daily practice that Christians should adopt. Why is it so important? The reason is because we are so quick to forget. As humans with sin natures, we are prone to veer off the tracks of our faith. We forget about the amazing salvation that we have been gifted in Jesus. We forget about the magnitude of God taking on human flesh. We forget about the steep price He paid for us. We forget about the history-changing victory of His resurrection. We forget that salvation is only by grace. We forget that justification comes only by faith. We forget along the road of our Christian lives that we are not the ones responsible for achieving or maintaining our salvation.
This forgetfulness can be soul crushing. This forgetfulness will cause us to try to save ourselves and be crushed under the weight of our failures.
Moses was aware of our sinful human nature. And so he warned the children of Israel as they were preparing to enter the Promised Land:
“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children—(Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV)
Keep your soul diligently. Don’t forget what your eyes have seen. Don’t let your heart grow cold. God has miraculously saved you. He has met your needs. He has brought you through the waters of judgment.
How does the Christian diligently keep their soul? Obviously the means of grace (Bible reading, meditation, prayer, worship) are instrumental. But we should also develop the daily habit of preaching the gospel to ourselves. You hear many sermons every day. The television preaches to you. The internet preaches to you. There are sermons being preached everywhere out in the world. Few of them will be the gospel. Don’t allow your eyes forget the salvation they once beheld in awe. Remind yourself each day that you are forgiven, you are justified, you are sanctified, and you will be glorified, not because of any work you did, but only because of the finished work of Jesus. Don’t forget!
But notice this practice should not terminate in our own souls. Moses also calls on God’s people to make the Lord’s work of salvation known to their children and grandchildren. Not only are we prone to forget, so are the next generations. I urge you to diligently practice this ministry of reminding. Remember what God has done to save you.