Proverbs 28 12-28-20

If you are His, YOU WILL FOLLOW HIM. If you are not, then you won’t. Has He called You? Then, ANSWER–or walk away.

Evildoers do not understand what is right,
    but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.
If anyone turns a deaf ear to My instruction,
    even their prayers are detestable.
13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
    but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
26 Those who trust in themselves are fools,
    but those who walk in [the] wisdom [of the Spirit] are kept safe.

Last night, our church observed the Lord’s Supper. We ate the bread and drank the wine (unfermented, of course). Then, this morning I was reading John 6. In this chapter, we read Jesus’ words:

51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

He goes on to say, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you” (John 6:53). Here was the dividing line: Those who were not really interested in giving their lives to their Christ took His meaning literally. They were (and are) caught up in the flesh and see everything from a physical point of view. They walked away. Those whom the Father had given to the Son (see verse 37) understood that Jesus was talking in spiritual terms. They may have not understood the full meaning (Christ had not died for them, yet), but they trusted Him. “You have the words of eternal life.” (Peter in verse 68).

In the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus used the same terminology:

19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.Luke 22:19-20

We understand that the bread HAS ALWAYS represented His body,
which is the sacrifice for our sins.

We understand that the cup HAS ALWAYS represented His blood,
which is the atonement for all sin.

Every time we partake in the Lord’s Supper we remember His life, His death, and His resurrection.
Every time we eat the bread, we offer our lives as living sacrifices to Him.
Every time we drink the cup, we accept His atonement for our sins and pledge our lives to Him.

This pledge is what it means to “do this in remembrance of Me.” And, what is that pledge?

He died for me; I’ll live for Him.

Of course, we don’t need to partake in the Lord’s Supper to pledge ourselves to Him. In fact, we are to do it every morning. If you haven’t done it yet, today, how about doing it now? It’s important.

Abba, I pledge myself to You. May You teach me to quit seeing with just my physical eyes and open my mind and spirit to the spiritual kingdom that is inside of my fellow Christians and all around me. I know that You are working in the lives of those whom You are calling (those who will listen); I want to “see” You working and join You there. I accept Your sacrifice as my own and offer my life as a living sacrifice to You. I trust that You will transform me now and reveal to me Your will, Your good, pleasing, and perfect will. Amen.

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