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Examining Ourselves

Sheila Jacobs

Sep 8th 2021

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In our reading today from 1 Corinthians, we find the apostle Paul conveying important instructions that the Christians in and around Corinth needed to adhere to when it came to taking communion. 

One of the instructions he gives them, is that they should ‘examine’themselves (v. 28). In the context of communion this is imperative. However, its importance is not just in relation to the communion service.

It’s interesting too that Paul links the ‘examination’ to remembering ‘the Lord’s death’ (v. 26). If we are believers, we should regularly, if not constantly, be remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is not just the cornerstone of our belief, but of our hope and the way we live out our lives. We have no hope without the cross and the empty tomb. We have no peace with God without Christ’s death, and no power to live without the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

Based on this, should we not then regularly examine ourselves? Jesus died for us as we were, governed by a sinful nature and without direction, without hope and without a relationship with God. He died so we no longer need to be separated from God. We can be set free from our old way of living, changed in and by the power of the Spirit, who was sent to earth once Jesus returned to heaven, having accomplished all He came to do (John 14:26; 15:26).

When was the last time we questioned what difference the death and resurrection of Jesus is making in our lives? Will it influence the way I react to problems that I may face today? Will it change how I react to disappointment, to rejection, to unfairness?

Lord, help me today to examine myself, not in the light of my achievements, but in the light of Yours. Help me to live, not in the darkness of human frailty, but in the light and power of Your death and resurrection.

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Sheila Jacobs

Sheila Jacobs is a Christian writer and editor, and an award-winning author. She is also a retreat leader and day chaplain at a retreat house. She loves listening to people’s stories, and encouraging writers to hone their
potential. She is passionate about pursuing God and helping others meet with Jesus.

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