Test Before Taste

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Communion (or however your particular ‘tribe’ calls it) is such an amazing opportunity. Yet, like all good things in life, it can be taken for granted so easily. Another danger is that we come glibly and carelessly to His table. A legalistic approach that seems to only stress the preparation leading to the first Sunday of the month seems to miss the point and simply engages in a one off ritualistic awareness of the meaning of communion.

The Apostle Paul seems to address a whole host of dangers and problems when he writes with almost tweetable brevity: 1 Corinthians 11:28: “Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.”

Here are some questions that could be useful as we examine ourselves in preparation:

– Have I understood and experienced the Good News of God’s redemptive love demonstrated at the Cross?
– Do I recognise and admit my attitudes and actions that are the remaining relics of my sinful nature?
– Do I have a repentant desire to move away from sin to grace-led freedom and victory?
– Do I still stand/bow in awe of God’s lavish grace being made available for me day by day?
– Do I forgive as I am forgiven – living as a debtor that has been set free, to set others free?
– Do I embrace the resurrection power of Christ that enables me to live fully his kingdom in my world?

O MY SAVIOUR,
Help me.
I am so slow to learn,
so prone to forget,
so weak to climb;
I am in the foothills when I should be
on the heights;
I am pained by my graceless heart,
my prayerless days,
my poverty of love,
my sloth in the heavenly race,
my sullied conscience,
my wasted hours,
my unspent opportunities.
I am blind while light shines around me:
take the scales from my eyes,
grind to dust the evil heart of unbelief.
Make it my chiefest joy to study thee,
meditate on thee,
gaze on thee,
sit like Mary at thy feet,
lean like John on thy breast,
appeal like Peter to thy love,
count like Paul all things dung.
Give me increase and progress in grace
so that there may be
more decision in my character,
more vigour in my purposes,
more elevation in my life,
more fervour in my devotion,
more constancy in my zeal.
Valley of Vision

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