SELF-EXAMINATION AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
Paul rebuked the Corinthians for coming to the Lord’s table without treating one another as members of the Lord’s body. Their disunity and selfish behavior flew in the face of the sacrifice of Christ which the Lord’s Supper represents. He challenged them to first “examine” themselves before taking communion. Self examination should include asking the Lord to reveal any area of sin to confess. And by context, it should include reconciling to those with whom there is disunity or offense.
Of course, the Lord’s Supper shouldn’t be the only time that such self examination takes place. Keep short accounts. Don’t let the sun go down on disunity. But the Lord’s Supper is an appropriate time to do a heart check, asking, “Lord, am I right with You and with others at this time?” The Supper should never be allowed to become a meaningless religious ritual. It should always move us to remember Christ’s sacrifice and proclaim His death until He returns.
PRAYER: Father, we are able to examine ourselves without fear because of the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus. For we can look in the mirror of Your Word and bring whatever encumbrance revealed there to the cross of Christ. We do not have hide nor cover up. For we are fully forgiven. Thank You, Lord! We come boldly to the table knowing we have a seat reserved by Jesus. In His name we pray, amen.