Originally scheduled for October 9
It is not uncommon, especially for older people, to have a
regularly scheduled blood test. The medical profession considers
this a reliable way to examine the patient with only one stick of
the needle. Some small number of vials of blood are drawn and sent
to a lab to be examined. The tests may check for one particular
condition; they could also check for the possibility of a variety of
problems. Each time you take such a test, you hope that nothing
shows up. But if something does show up in the blood test, it is a
prelude to action on the part of the doctor. It’s a small sting, but
well worth the trouble.
Communion carries within it a
similar type of test. We are commanded to examine ourselves
spiritually. You can see the similarities.
It’s something we do regularly; it needs to be repeated. Satan
doesn’t take a break from tempting you.
The test is customized for you — after all, you are the one doing
the examining of your spiritual life.
The results of the test are intended to produce action. This may
mean forgiving someone; asking someone for forgiveness or following
up on some good work that needs to be done.
The results are worth
a few minutes that you spend on the Master’s behalf. It reminds you
that you are never perfect, but always can improve.
connection between communion and a blood test comes from the fact
that they both involve the use of blood. You bleed red just like He
did. You give a little blood for diagnostic purposes. His blood was
given for your atonement, that you might have forgiveness of your
sins. The doors of heaven are open because of his blood. Therefore,
take this communion in a worthy, reverent manner. Both in the
examination of yourself and the taking of the elements, do these
things with a pure heart and intention, remembering what your Lord
did for you.