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Communion Meditations (2016)

Swiss Army Knife

Originally scheduled for September 11

The Swiss Army Knife has long captured the imagination of the American male. To have something in your pocket which will handle most of the minor mechanical emergencies of the day is a nice feeling. The ultimate expression of this is in the Wenger Grand, the world’s largest Swiss Army knife. It is 9 inches wide and weighs 2 pounds. It has 87 separate tools. For example:

·         For the golfer, there is a club face cleaner, divot repair kit and a shoe spike wrench.

·         For the bicyclist, there is a tool to tighten your spokes, and in fact a chain rivet setter.

·         There is also a laser pointer (no sign of a light saber yet.)

As of this writing, the device may be obtained for a mere $1300. The pants pocket to hold such a device is extra.

Some people see God like a Swiss Army knife. They have a problem; they open the particular aspect of God which solves those problems, and when solved, they put God away — just like folding up that knife. So we see people going to God asking for these kinds of things:

·         People ask for healing — and when healed they say a quick thank you and put God back in the closet.

·         People ask to get out of a financial mess — and that tool goes back into the knife as quickly as possible.

·         It takes a little longer, but people also ask God for help with their family. When God finishes, or appears to, they fold the knife back and put it in the backpack.

This is idolatry. If you do this, you are treating God like a collection of tools, and you are thankful for each tool — but do not recognize the God who really is. You love the tools, but you don’t want God interfering in your life.

In communion God presents himself to you in a different light. It is as if he wants to show you the most important thing about himself: God is love. How does he do this?

·         In communion, he shows you the real problem in your life — sin. It may present itself in a variety of ways, but the core problem is this: all have sinned.

·         There is only one solution to this, the atonement. God sent his son to do just that, to pay the price of your sins.

What he asks of you in communion is that you remember the sacrifice He made on the Cross. Of all the things he could ask you to memorize, he boils it down to this: he loved this world so much that he gave his only begotten son so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. As you take of communion this morning, examine yourself and see if you are grateful to the God who is, or just thankful for your Swiss Army knife.

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