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Communion Meditations (2018)

 

Tight Rope Walker

Originally scheduled for September 30

One of the more entertaining acts that can be found in a circus is that of the tight rope walker. To climb a fatal distance above the ground and venture out on a single strand seems to be an act of daring, bordering on the foolhardy. If you were to poll the crowd looking for volunteers to follow the tight rope walker, they would be very, very few. How does that tight rope walker do it?

·         First, he keeps his eye on the prize. If you will look at his head and eyes you will see that he is focused on the other end of the rope; the platform he’s going to arrive at eventually. This technique keeps his body correctly aligned to stay on the rope.

·         Obviously, you need some sense of balance. Depending on the circumstances, he may carry a large pole which assists in balancing things. Generally, this poll is evenly split between left side and right side to assist in keeping his balance.

·         Third, he must train himself to ignore all distractions. In a public performance, there may be somebody who’s yelling at him. In a circus, there is someone going, “Popcorn! Peanuts!” There may be a band playing. There may be other acts in the other two rings in the circus. All of this must be completely dismissed from his mind.

·         Finally, his attitude is greatly formed by the consequences of failure. It’s much more impressive to walk a tight rope with no net below you. That’s because of the consequence of failure — death. All his preparations must take this into account.

The Christian life is like that, in some ways. We may not recognize it, but walking a tight rope can be a good analogy to the Christian life. For example:

·         Your eyes must be fixed on the prize — Jesus. You must focus on him in prayer. You should regularly read the Scripture and memorize portions of it. Other Christian authors may be of help also. You should listen to those who were appointed to teach and preach to you. And in the quiet of your life you should meditate on the things you have learned and experienced.

·         You must also maintain a sense of balance. The Christian life is not one simply of prayer and meditation; it includes an active life. Faith without works is dead. Prayer is important; so is charity. Balance these things in your life.

·         Distractions. Have you ever felt the annoyance of somebody who answers his cell phone in the middle of a church service? It’s a little less annoying during the rock ‘n’ roll music session than it is during the quiet of communion — but it’s still a distraction. Focus on the most important thing; as much as possible, remove the distractions in your life.

·         Remember the consequences of failure — Hell. This is not just an exercise which determines which country club you will join. Life leads to Heaven or Hell; in a very real sense you get to choose which.

Communion as devised by our Lord follows this pattern.

·         Our eyes are focused on the one event most important in Christian life: the Crucifixion. In communion we remember the sacrifice that he made which made our salvation possible.

·         Communion balances our Christian life. It increases our faith and inspires our works.

·         Did you ever wonder why communion is done so solemnly? Distractions!

·         As Judas would know, there is a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun. Communion tells you who has paid the price of your entrance to Heaven.

As you partake this morning, examine your life. Is it focused on Jesus Christ? Is it well balanced between faith and works? Have you shut out the distractions from the Christian life? Self-examination is good for the soul as it tends to lead you to heaven and eternity with your Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, examine yourself and partake in a worthy manner.

 

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