SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER, 2020
THEME: Self-Examination 1
PASSAGE: 1 Corinthians 11: 27-33
HYMN: MHB 393 I GIVE my heart to Thee.
MEMORY VERSE: II Corinthians 13: 5. “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you -unless, of course, you fail the test?
There is no better way for one to be true to himself or herself than self-assessment in the mirror of the Word of God. Plato, the great philosopher, said, “Man, know thyself.” A Yoruba adage says, “No matter how thick a darkness is, one would know what his or her own thought is.” Another one says “No matter how long a log of wood may remain in the water, it can never be a crocodile.”
Paul admonished the Church at Corinth on the right manner to partake in the Holy Communion. Holy Communion service is the highest service in the Church. It is a meal of covenant that binds Christians together. It is a meal that should strengthen the bond of unity between God and Church members. It is a meal for renewal of faith, vision and mission. Its origin is from the Lord and Saviour of humankind, Jesus Christ. Therefore, it calls for self or inward assessment before taking it. It is not a meal that should be taken when you have malice against another person, or when you have moral corruption and hypocrisy or ulterior motive in the service of the Lord like Judas Iscariot.
One of the reasons why divine miracles are scarce in the body of Christ today is that of taking the Holy Communion unworthily without inward self-assessment. Preachers have burned out because their anointing, strength and energy are not renewed owing to the absence of self-assessment.
As you reflect on this text, examine the state of your heart. How do you stand in Christ? What is your relationship with your spouse, church member and your neighbours? Let the Spirit of God rule your heart and assess yourself with the standard of the Word of God, to know whether you are still in tune with divine dictates or not.
PRAYER: Eternal Lord, give me the grace to always assess myself in the mirror of Your Word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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