Copyright (C) 2017, E. Thone Hall
1 Corinthians 11:28-32 KJV
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”
Applying the concepts we learn about preparing for the Lord’s Supper in our day-to-day lives.
We often talk about “getting right with God” as we speak about people who have gone astray (sometimes a little…sometimes a lot.) it is very true that a backslider can find themselves in a position needing significant rededication to the Lord’s doctrine before they can comfortably get back into the “fold”. They first need to recognize their situation, ask for forgiveness, and then “clean up their act”!
How do we, as sinful beings, battle falling into this trap? It seems that we might take a hint from how we prepare for taking communion. We need to contemplate all the evil thoughts and actions each day, and therefore make “micro-adjustments” to our Christian life every day. Perhaps 5 minutes of self examination each morning will show us where our true priorities should lie for the day. It also is a good time to listen to God’s leading. Some days we may be hyper focused on one thing when God wants us to be in tune with those around us. On a different day, we may be “all over the place” when God sees an opportunity for a focused effort to further his kingdom.
Such a contemplative time is also good lead in for a Bible reading too, already putting us in God’s will before we begin. However we may plan it or schedule it, taking time with God will keep us on track so that the bumps in our spiritual life can be smaller and more manageable.