Sun 6 Dec Teaching children manners can be an exacting art. Instilling “Please” and “Thank you” can be time consuming. Teaching which fork or plate to use. Maybe you have interesting memories of when you were a child and the manners your parents tried to teach you.
The apostle Paul faced a challenging time in the church at Corinth when it came to sharing meals as a church family. Some were getting drunk at their meals. Others were refusing to wait until everyone was there. Others were going hungry because there was no food left.
All this took place in the lead up to most important meal Jesus had taught them to celebrate - the Lord’s Supper. One could imagine the heart attitudes of the various church members toward one another. Why do we have to put up with Joe who gets drunk all the time? Why doesn’t Mary wait until everyone is here before eating? It would appear to an outsider visiting the church that everyone did what was right in their own eyes/ No thought was given to recognising the fellow members of the body of Christ/
Yet such attitudes needed to be dealt with if they were going to celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. If the were going to participate in the Lord’s Supper then they needed to reflect on Jesus’ attitudes as He unselfishly and sacrificially went to the cross and dies on our behalf. It is little wonder that the Scriptures call upon us to examine ourselves as we take part in the Lord’s Supper. What are you being asked to examine in your life as you come to take part in the Lord’s Supper.