“Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:28
One of the things Jesus wanted believers to do on a regular basis was to eat bread and drink wine (or juice) in remembrance of His death on the cross. Today churches do this and call the process: communion. In this passage Paul is discussing the eating of the bread and wine. He had stated that there is a wrong way to eat it. Before eating the food, a person is to examine himself.
The eating of the bread and wine, does not change a person, make him/her better or worse, or remove any sin. It is only to remind a person of what Jesus has done for him. It is representative of His body and blood. Now keep this in mind.
What does it mean to examine yourself? It is to take a serious look at your life, not just the outside surface of your life, but your inner heart and soul. What does your heart look like? What is the condition of your soul?
The whole purpose of Jesus death on the cross was to pay the price for your sins and remove them from your life. When you had sinned, you had a death penalty put on your head. You were guilty of sin and were to be punished by death. Jesus died in your place.
After dying for you, He rose from the dead and was willing to take away your sins. All that you had to do was repent of your sins and accept His forgiveness.
When you take part of communion, you are remembering what Jesus did for you. As you take the bread and wine, is there sin still in your heart and life that has been left un-confessed? If there is, you are bringing judgment upon yourself. You are rejecting what Jesus has done for you, even though you are “remembering” it.
Take a serious look at your heart and life before you take part of communion. Repent of any sin in your life. Ask Jesus to forgive you. Then you will be clean before Him as you take part of the communion, as you remember what He has done for you. Do not allow yourself to fall into judgment.
I pray today that God will reveal to you any sin in your life; that you will repent of all sin; that you will turn to Jesus and follow Him; that you will examine your life daily to keep in line with Jesus; and that you will know what Jesus has done for you.
“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will that go among so many?” John 6:9
Jesus had been teaching for an extended amount of time in a remote location. There were about 5,000 men there, not to include any women or children. As it came to evening time Jesus asked about how the disciples were going to feed the people. They did not have any clue as to how to do it. Andrew then brings up a boy with a few loaves of bread and some fish. Jesus blesses the food and feeds everyone with leftovers at the end.
Often people come up against a situation in life that needs a solution and quickly. They look around and do not see any easy solution, while in God’s eyes, the solution is right in front of them.
God can take a very little and make it a lot. Read the rest of the story, they end up with twelve baskets full of left over bread crumbs. That is more than they started with.
In my family of just ten people, we can go through a whole loaf of bread in one meal easily. How can five loaves feed 5,000? It is by the work of God. He multiplied the loaves to meet the need.
Along with taking just a little food to feed the many, Jesus also used a boy. Most people do not even look at a child as a solution to a major food issue.
Many people also look at themselves like a child. They feel they are too small to really do anything big for God. They do not see how God can possibly use them in a real way.
Compared to God, you and I are nothing. You really have nothing of value, except giving your own self. Give God your life and you have given Him the most valuable thing available. God can then use you and what little you have to do great things.
Are you a willing little child? Are you available to God? Are you willing to give God what you have to use for His glory? Seek God today on how you can be used by Him. You may be surprised at what can happen.
I pray today that God will reveal to you how He can use you; that you will be willing to be used by God; that you will trust God with what you have; that God will work miracles through you; and that God will build His kingdom through you.