Originally scheduled for February 5
One of the consistent contrasts between what the world teaches
and what the church teaches concerns humility. The world teaches you
the virtue of arrogance; “I’m better than you are.” The church
Humility is not something that can be
swallowed, faked or painted on. It is a comparison; a comparison
between you and either a problem you have or someone you’re
chief defining characteristic is that it is an honest comparison,
straightforward examination of the facts. If the honest facts are
that the officer that pulled you over is the one carrying the ticket
book, humility becomes a little more obvious.
Humility, when practiced, obviously affects our actions. But
consider that it also changes our character and in a large extent
redefines our style. Humility shows.
Humility is personal. It’s tougher for some of us than others, which
sometimes leads to the habit of judging others for their lack of it.
Judge not; it’s difficult enough for each of us.
This is why
humility is recommended for communion. It is a comparison between
you and The Son Of Man as to which of you is better suited to make
atonement for your sins. Your sin separates you from God the Father;
they must be paid for. So who does it?
Only the rich can afford to perform the atonement. If you need bail
money, you call your rich uncle first. Only the Son of God can pay
atonement sacrifice must be pure; perfect purity is found only in
the Son Of Man.
would motivate someone to perform the atonement sacrifice the cost
his life? Only perfect love — and our love is not perfect.
Therefore, practice humility as you take communion. Start with the
honest comparison — examine yourself. If repentance is required,
commit to it before your Lord. Come to him with a pure heart.
the bread and the cup, see the body and blood of Christ — a reminder
of what he had to pay to be the sacrifice of atonement. It is the
most important event in your eternal life; remember what he did for
Then, in a humble manner worthy of a repentant sinner,