This Sunday at Church at the Bay is one of my favorites- we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Jesus said “every time we eat the bread and drink this cup we proclaim his death”. The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the sacrifice God made for us. The Apostle Paul gives us a warning when we celebrate this Supper:
- (28) That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. (29) For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. 1 Corinthians 11:28-19
So let’s do some examining. I remember when I first became a Christ-Follower, some said- “Hal, if you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”. I began to ask some questions of myself…
- If someone watched me 24 hours a day and also watched another person who was not a Christ-Follower, but was a moral person, would there be a real difference?
- Would there be a difference in the way I treat people?
- Or a difference in how I talked to people or what I talked about?
- Would there be any real difference in how I spent my money and time?
- Was Jesus just an add-on to my life or was He the center of my life?
These questions have always been a great filter for self-examination. Here is part of the challenge – Is my motivation for my lifestyle love and devotion to Jesus or am I trying to win His approval or impress people. You see, we may act outwardly the same, but following Christ is like falling in Love. Others sometimes perceive our actions as irrational (the love letters, roses, poems, extravagant gifts, etc) because of love, not because we are trying to prove to the people around us we are in love. I am not sure if I am making my point totally clear. One more try- the reason my life is different from someone who is not a Christ-Follower is because of my love and devotion to Jesus- not because I am trying to impress someone, follow the rules or gain God’s approval or assuage my guilt.
No that that is clear- If there really isn’t much difference in how you live- can you really say you love Jesus? Really? Or are you just religious…? These questions always challenge me!
That is worth thinking about. See you Sunday as we Celebrate!