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Communion Meditations (2022)



Originally scheduled for March 6

Let’s suppose that you have decided you want a new house. You gather up the money and prepare to hire a contractor. If you have no experience in these things, you will probably ask a friend for some advice on how to deal with the contractor. You’ll probably get something like this:

·         “A verbal contract is not worth the paper it’s printed on.” (Attributed to Samuel Goldwyn.) Whatever agreement you make, get everything in writing.

·         Watch the sequence and timing of events — delay cost your contractor money, and therefore costs you money.

·         “Put all your eggs in one basket-and then watch that basket!” (Mark Twain.) It is, after all your house. It’s one of several that year for the contractor but it’s the only one for you. Be diligent about monitoring all the things going on.

Great, you think, but what’s this got to do with communion? It turns out that our Lord himself has some construction advice for you.


"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. "Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. "The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell--and great was its fall."

(Matthew 7:24-27 NASB)


If a new house is so important, how much more important is your eternal life? Like your house, you only get one shot at determining which were your eternal life will go. Note that this passage is not addressed to those who won’t listen — but to those who listen, and won’t DO. You have two choices: your already listening and you put it into practice — or you don’t.

We are instructed to examine ourselves before taking communion, so that we might take it in a worthy manner. Those who listen and refuse to follow often use one of these excuses.

·         “At least I’m not as bad as…” That’s probably true; most of us can find somebody who is a worse example than we are. True, but completely irrelevant. It’s like saying your traffic accident was only half as fatal as the other guy’s.

·         “Hey, I put my money in the offering plate too.” Is chipping in the same is living the life completely? Is the part equal to the whole?

·         “At least I’m here.” Good. You’re able to hear the word. Now consider doing the job.

There’s only one way to do it right: you need to be fully committed to Christ. Therefore, before you take communion this morning, examine yourself and ask, “am I?”

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