So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. 2 Peter 2:12-15

For most men, proficiency and practice go hand in hand.

Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his New York Times bestseller, Outliers, that 10,000 is “the magic number of greatness.” The concept is that after that specific number of hours given to a particular skill, you become a champion and master of that skill. There are other factors he failed to acknowledge, such as quality of time spent and an appropriate feedback loop. Regardless of the exact number, the point remains. To become an expert, you have to devote time and energy to unlock any level of mastery. I think that Peter both knew this was the case and focused his efforts towards it. His concern was that they would “always remember” the truth that they had. Notice how he didn’t say their need was to learn more, rather they required time spent in the truth.

I’m convinced that Peter’s principle has no different application then as it does today. The same Jesus we worship was the same Truth they did. He remains unchanged. Our urgency to continue remembering should be as heightened today as it was in the day of Peter and his audience. We have the truth and need to be reminded of it often. Notice that this was so important to Peter to communicate this that it was the very legacy he sought to leave. Rise to the challenge and increase the frequency you remind yourself of Jesus and His way.

DO THIS TODAY: Write 2 Peter 2:12 down on a sticky note and put it where you will see it often.

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