My communion meditation from Sunday 11/3/2013.

 

A few weeks ago, Jeff told us to quit lying to ourselves.  I believe he was preaching out of 1 John 2.  I’m not sure if that’s the exact way he said it, but that was the message.

I’m glad Jeff wasn’t talking to me, because I’m not lying to myself.  I’m not really speeding, you see.  I’m just keeping up with traffic.  And I’m not overeating, I’d just hate for the food to go to waste.  And I’m not ignoring my time with God, it’s just that I’m busy.

James 1:5-8 says

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Surely that’s not me! I’m just —  I’m just making excuses.  I’m lying to myself.

James, a little bit later in his letter, says

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

So for the double-minded, for those lying to themselves, for the people who are just — anything, there is hope.  Ephesians 4:4-6 says

There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

And that is what we are celebrating now – unity with God the Father, through Jesus’ sacrifice, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

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