The Attitude Toward the Lord’s Supper
What must be the attitude of those who would observe the Lord’s Supper? This observance calls for self-examination, not only of outward conduct, but of inward life as well. God requires that we worship Him in spirit and truth, in true character. The self of the worshiper is part of the worship. Our life is back of our worship. Our praise, our prayers, and our supposed communion with the Lord do not rise above the level of our daily living.
Worship is holy; the character of the worshiper must, therefore, be holy. This principle is clearly set forth by the prophet of God in his declaration to the people of Israel. Apparently everything in Israel was as it should be; their creed was orthodox, their profession was enthusiastic, and their worship regular; but upon investigation the prophet found that their daily life was wretched! They measured with short yard-sticks, weighed with false balances, and sold with a small bushel measure.
Upon this discovery, the prophet stood before them when· they assembled to worship and startled them with this declaration: “My countrymen, because of your false life, your worship is an abomination to the holy God”! My brother, to commune with the Lord by partaking of the Lord’s Supper, your life must be of such character that God will accept your worship.
Perhaps if more preachers today would stand before their congregation and declare to the members of the church, as did the prophet of God to Israel, “because of your false life your worship is an abomination to the holy God,” more people would become awakened to the consciousness of their own sins and repent in order that they might worship God acceptably.
In Paul’s writing to the church at Corinth, 1 Cor. 11: 27-29, he declared, “Wherefore whosoever shall eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. For he that eateth and drinketh, eateth and drinketh judgment unto himself, if he discern not the body.” - Taken from an article by V.E. Howard
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