“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence” ― 2 Peter 1:3
A reset button is a useful feature whenever things go wrong — like when our television screen goes haywire or our computer freezes up. Most computers need to be restarted at least every few days. Very few are designed to run continuously. A simple push of the reset button, the system reboots, and things are back to normal. Ask technical support on how to fix a problem you’ve having with yourcomputer and the first question they’ll likely ask is “Have you tried rebooting it?” This happens so many times that after awhile you reboot first and then trouble shoot afterwards. Actually, we need a reboot button for life itself, because we invariably find ourselves needing a reset and a restart.
Our lives can become cluttered with finances, careers, family, relationships, and other things we spend time doing. These things can spoil our relationship with God and hinder our spiritual growth. At times like this, we need to reboot and refresh our relationship with God. The Lord’s Supper is a good way to clear our minds and get them working on how God designed them to work. We dump the clutter that’s accumulated during the week(s) when we focus on all that God has done for us. The early church celebrated the Lord’s Supper once per week: “On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord’s Supper….” (Acts 20:6-7).
So how can we do a restart at the Lord’s Supper? When the Corinthians were treating each other poorly by discriminating amongst themselves and not respecting each other, Paul told them how to put things right before they took part in the Lord’s Supper. (1 Corinthians 11:17-34). In particular, he said “So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.” The Bible says that they were to “examine” themselves before eating the bread and drinking from the cup. We are to be honest about sin in our lives in order to maintain a dynamic fellowship with the Lord.
Confession is God’s reboot button for our guilt. The Bible says, “if we confess our sins to Him (God), He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness” (1 John 1:9). It’s turning around to follow God: “Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” (Acts 3:19). It involves action by reversing our direction and going opposite to the way of sin. Confession and repentance help us to sustain our loving relationship with God.
- What does the Lord’s Supper mean to you? Why do you or don’t you take it?
- What are we proclaiming by taking the Lord’s Supper?