In today’s reading, Apostle Paul chastises the church at Corinth on diluting the holiness of the Lord’s Supper. Apparently, they were abusing the privilege by getting drunk on the wine and fulfilling their physical hunger on the bread, instead of treating it as a sanctified tradition in remembrance of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross. Even worse, they were participating in the Lord’s supper without first judging if they were worthy to participate.
We must partake in the Lord’s Supper with the right intentions and a clean heart. Don’t do it because it’s what you always do at church on Sunday or because you’re scared what people will think if you don’t. If there is a sin that is separating you from God, repent of it before partaking in the Lord’s Supper – judge yourself first so that you can take part in this holy process blameless and with a clear conscience. If you are harboring a grudge or are in anger at the time the Lord’s Supper is offered, abstain from participating until you have cleared the air with the person you’re angry with.
Because by partaking in the Lord’s Supper, we are physically partaking in the Lord’s body. This is not something to be touched with unclean hands (spiritually speaking) or something to be taken lightly or routinely. Hold yourself accountable and give this the respect and honor it deserves. Many don’t, and as a result become weak, sick and fall asleep spiritually. Don’t be in that camp. Hold on dearly to the sanctity of the Lord’s Supper!