Jesus, Remember Me

So Robert Pattinson has traded in Bella and his body shimmer for a shot at a non-supernatural romance called "Remember Me." This was probably a major challenge for Pattinson as he must transition from a brooding and semi-sulking character in love with Bella to a brooding and semi-sulking character in love with Ally.

Word on the street is that if "Remember Me" is playing at a theater near you, it's probably a good time to consider moving. No, it's not Pattinson's fault...and I'm sure Team Edward would be content just to watch him floss his fangless teeth and work that Zoolander Blue Steel look of eyebrows and cheekbones.

"Remember Me" is a film about love embedded in the midst of dysfunctional families, tragedies, and ultimately the need to appreciate each day of life we are given. A worthy message, to be sure, but be warned that the *surprise* ending could be one of the most shameless acts of audience manipulation I have ever seen.

Seriously, the directors of this film should be locked in a clown decorated room and forced to watch 27 episodes of The Wiggles non-stop for this one.

Rather ironic, I think, that a film called "Remember Me" has a plot line that screams out 'Pullleease forget me!'

By the way, how do you want to be remembered? I guess another way to phrase this question is:

What do you want on your tombstone?

This is an issue that most people don't think through too well, and at the end of their lives there is regret and disappointment because all they have to show for their existence is a history of trivial pursuits and soon to be forgotten accomplishments.

That was definitely the case with a man we only know as 'a criminal,' but check out how he changed it all with the words "remember me":

Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed Jesus to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified-one on his right and one on his left. One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, "So you're the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself-and us, too, while you're at it!"

But the other criminal protested, "Don't you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn't done anything wrong."

Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom."

And Jesus replied, "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise"(Luke 23:32-33;39-43).

Here's a person who led a life of crime, and now he is being crucified right beside Jesus. At that moment, he realizes that even though he has wasted the gift of life he was given, he can change the condition of his eternal life with three simple words,
"Jesus, remember me…"

That 'criminal' is now in heaven, but I bet he big time wishes that he had asked Jesus to remember him much earlier in life, because it would have radically changed his journey.

Have you asked Jesus to remember you? Not just when you die, but how about each and every day?

Jesus, remember me when I face the struggles and stresses of life.

Jesus, remember me when I feel like You're not there.

Jesus, remember me when the guilt of my past haunts me like a relentless ghost.

And Jesus, please remember me when I strive to live each day for You, loving You, obeying You, telling others about You and living for THE Cause of making disciples who make disciples.

Remember me, Savior, and help me to remember You. You spilled Your blood on the cross and came back from the dead to give all those who trust You for salvation a new and amazing life. You have called me to share this good news with everyone I meet, so that they too can be "with You in Paradise."

Don't wait until the end of your life to ask Jesus to remember you, because life is too short to be squandered and wasted on silly selfish drama and what you hope will make you happy. Following Jesus Christ is without a doubt the greatest adventure anyone could hope for…so what are you waiting for? Remember Him, and you'll be remembered forever!

Flashpoint: Ignite Into Action

Ask your friends how they want to be remembered and how they think they will be remembered. Transition that conversation into the story of the criminal who asked Jesus to remember him, and what a difference that made. Pray for an opportunity to share the gospel.

Accelerant: Feed the Fire

Remember not the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you are good, O LORD (Psalm 25:7).

Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people,
come to my aid when you save them (Psalm 106:4).

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19).

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