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Communion Meditations (2019)

 

Lilies

Matthew 6:28-29

Originally scheduled for April 21

A recent addition to the English language is the phrase, “bucket list.” The concept, briefly, is that there is a list of things you want to do before you die. You might list something like climbing Mount Everest, visiting Tahiti, sailing around the world solo, or seeing the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota. It is, of course, possible to have more than one bucket. You might have a sports bucket, a travel bucket, a financial bucket and who knows what all else. But in particular you may have a spiritual bucket. It is usually filled with things to worry about. Other buckets may be filled with things of the flesh (where is the girl of my dreams?) Or perhaps the things of the world (when do I get my Mercedes?) Or even the things of pride (I have to have a bigger fishing boat than my next-door neighbor.) But the spiritual bucket is filled with worries concerning the faith. I would submit that the most common worry in the bucket is, “am I really saved?” You can waste a lot of time staring at the ceiling in the bedroom in the middle of the night worrying about that one.

So what should you do about it? First, realize that impatient waiting never changed the results. Staring at the ceiling isn’t going to help anything except your insomnia. Asking such a question is evidence that you are not living a full Christian life.

As Christ commanded us, consider the lilies of the field. Look at how God makes them beautiful,
clothing them in glory — and we worry about what business suit to buy next. May I suggest these steps:

·         Begin by searching out the providences in your life. Tax your memory; see if you can draw up those things where you know that God was watching over you that day. God cares for those he loves; look for and remember those caring moments.

·         Seek first the kingdom of God. If your top priority is the kingdom of God, your Christian life, then how big your fishing boat is just doesn’t come up to snuff. Put God first and you will see that he will deal with all your other needs.

·         If that isn’t enough, look around for those people who are good examples of living the Christian life. Ask their assistance in helping you to grow in faith.

Sometimes, however, we need a “blessed assurance.” For this, God has provided you with communion. It is a reminder that he has prescribed; a reassurance that he repeats to you every time you partake of communion. Let’s look at what it’ s reassuring us about:

·         It is a reassurance of our salvation. It reminds us that God’s plan, from the beginning, includes us as his children.

·         It is a reassurance of God’s love for us. The sacrifice made on the cross is the greatest example of love in human history.

·         It is a reassurance of our resurrection. Christ rose from the grave and promises that we will rise likewise when he returns.

As the psalmist once said:

I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds.

(Psalms 77:11-12)

 

Let us remember what he has done in the past so that we might be confident of what he will do in the future.

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