Let A Man Examine Himself - Submitted by Greg Binder
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread or drink of the cup.” 1 Cor. 11:28
This verse is found in a text where Paul is correcting abuses concerning the Lord’s Supper. We know from the context that what they were doing was NOT the pattern God had prescribed. (11:17-27)
While I am convinced that what Paul primarily had in mind was the way the Lord’s Supper was administered, he also appealed to their hearts. Paul wanted them to SERIOUSLY consider what they were doing.
That is something we need to think about when it comes to our worship. In John 4:24, Jesus said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” That means that we must no only do things the right way, but we must SERIOUSLY think about it as well.
Every act of worship we engage in involves both a pattern and a SERIOUS attitude. So what does that mean to you?
& Are you thinking about the words of the songs?
& Are you following along as the sermon is preached?
& Are you listening and praying along with the leader?
& As you give, is it with gladness of heart?
& As you partake of the Lord’s Supper, are you really thinking about the Lord and what He has done for you.
Paul was very concerned with the brethren at Corinth because they had trivialized something intended to draw them closer to God. Don’t get caught up in their sins! WORSHIP IS SERIOUS!