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Communion Meditations (2019)



Originally scheduled for May 5

Consider, if you will, the plight of the ordinary dentist. You pay him to make repairs to your teeth; but you also pay him to prevent more decay — which thus of course means that he has less work to do. By doing this you are depriving him of some future income. Your dentist doesn’t seem to mind; in fact, he thinks it’s a good idea. You will notice that your insurance company usually will pay for preventive work as well. One good example of preventive work for the dentist is a teeth cleaning session. Every six months or so you are to go in and experience that symphony of scraping sounds which marks your teeth being cleaned.

It is a form of preventive maintenance. Not surprisingly, there are lots of things on this planet which benefit from the concept of preventive maintenance. For example:

·         The manufacturer of your car recommends that you bring it in at certain intervals to have the oil and filter changed. This helps prevent damage to the engine, and thus in the long run saves you money.

·         Human beings have the same thing. You get an annual physical examination; you buy vitamins to help prevent various diseases; you get vaccinated to prevent other diseases.

·         Even computers have this. If you have an antivirus program on your computer, the chances are excellent that it conducts an antivirus scan at frequent intervals. They are set to do this without you noticing — it’s called “background processing” — but they do it nonetheless.

In a perfect world this would not be necessary. This is not a perfect world.

God has a similar program with regard to sin. It’s a part of communion.

·         We are taught that we are to take communion regularly. One reason for this is so that this preventive maintenance will take place.

·         Each time we partake, we are first to examine ourselves. We are to look at how we are behaving; we are to look at how others might see us — and then find those things which need to be fixed. We are looking for spiritual decay.

·         As we find it, we are to set in motion the process of removing it. First we are to repent of our sins. That means telling God we are sorry — but also turning our lives around to stop doing whatever it is that displeases God. Then, asking God’s help, we are to follow through and reform our lives to match his desires, not ours.

Don’t take this lightly. If you fail in dental maintenance — brushing, flossing, teeth cleaning, and so on — the dentist resorts to the drill. If you fail in spiritual maintenance, you oblige God to resort to measures which are both more powerful and more painful. Examine yourself, therefore, and then repent and reform.


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