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Key Habits for Sunday Readiness 1: Self Inspection 

Key Habits for Sunday Readiness Day 1 – Self Inspection 

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. (1 Corinthians 11:27-30, ESV)

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. (Psalm 24:3-5, ESV)

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9, ESV)

This week we’re going to study the topic of preparing oneself for the Lord’s Supper. No, I am not talking about making sure to set an alarm, what clothes to wear, where to sit, what church to go to, or anything like that. Over the next few days, we’ll look at preparing, participating, and remembering Christ on the Lord’s Day. In today’s study, we are going to look at the topic of inspecting oneself before taking part in the Lord’s Supper. 

I included 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 in our reading for the sake of pointing out that this verse, in my opinion, is often misunderstood. I will admit that even I had a different understanding of this verse in the past. Based on the context, I don’t believe Paul is saying that believers should examine how they behaved each week and determine whether or not they are worthy of participating in the Lord’s Supper. If we are being honest with ourselves, none of us is worthy; we are only there by His grace.

Paul was speaking to believers who had lost sight of what it meant to remember the Lord and instead had gotten into a struggle between those who had money and those who did not. His point was that believers should enter the Lord’s Supper with an understanding of what they are there to do: remember the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are to remember the Lord, though, it would be a good idea to approach the Lord with “clean hands and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:4). Our verse in 1 John 1:9 provides a means to make that happen. This is a verse for believers, an encouragement for us to confess our sin before God, even after salvation. 

If we are going to join fellow believers and take part in the Lord’s Supper, it would certainly be wise to confess sin, right wrongs, solve issues, make amends, or whatever the case may be. Our minds should be clear, and hearts should be warm and ready to remember Him. It would be best to handle issues as they arise, but the weekend coming around could be a good reminder to confess sins and make amends so that we can come to the remembrance meeting with a clear conscience, ready to think about the Lord. Remember, none of us have earned a place there, and none of us could ever be worthy of being there. We have been graciously invited by the Lord, and we should never forget that we are there to remember Him alone. It would be my prayer that each one of us would inspect ourselves regularly, confess our sin before Him, and keep in mind the reason we are meeting together in the first place: to remember our Savior.

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