EXAMINATION TIME!

School is back in session and soon teachers will hand out exams to see how well students are doing. Political season which seems ever present leads us to examine policy positions of those seeking leadership. Additionally (especially with increasing age) we have doctors examining us. All necessary but all are cases where others are examining us for our needs or something which is outside the realm of self-examination.

I am someone who has always been reluctant to be examined by others be they teachers, doctors, etc. As a person who is strongly self-driven it seemed for the most part unnecessary. Examination of self by ourselves is indeed Scriptural and necessary (1 Corinthians 11:28).

In 1 Corinthians 11:27-31 we find that it is necessary to do so before we take the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion). As someone once said we should come before the Lord and His table with a soul that is like a crystal vile filled with clear water and not the slightest uncleanness visible. Self-examination before taking communion once was and should again be a serious commitment by each of us.

This self-examination is done through our praying. Opening our life to God. In fact the root word for prayer means ‘to judge’. In our praying we judge and examine ourselves and in our failure to do so we open ourselves to demonic attack which can lead to illness or even death as Corinthians tells us.

King David understood this when in Psalm 26:2 he called in prayer to God to have his heart and mind opened. Doing this (self-examination through prayer) is necessary for real faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Examination by others certainly is important to our well being but self-examination is critical. May we all understand that it is EXAMINATION TIME.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Examination of self is necessary so evil does not establish itself in us.

DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: 1 Corinthians 11:28 “Examination of self must precede the Lord’s Supper”.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord I wish to be cleansed of all my sin.

QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:

  1. How do you approach preparation for Holy Communion?
  2. Do you examine yourself daily in your prayer life?
  3. What other tools of self-examination do you use?
  4. Why is it important to come clean at the Lord’s table?

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