Madison Christian Church

December 12, 2017 Devotional

Here is a quote from Jonathan Edwards a great Puritan preacher.  I obviously don’t agree with all of his theological positions as he aligned more with Calvinistic ideas.  But this quote is very good for all of us to consider.
“The spiritually proud person is preoccupied with the state of the spiritual health of others. Seeing themselves as having arrived spiritually, they are quick to find fault, and look upon others as not having nearly the same zeal as they do. Whereas the humble person recognized that they have so far to go themselves, that they are not apt to be ‘busy with other hearts.'” (Jonathan Edwards)
This makes me think of taking communion.  Paul said in 1 Cor. 11:28 “Let a person examine himself then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.”  If we did examine ourselves more, it should keep us humble.  The problem is we so often examine others instead – that’s easier.  How should we examine ourselves?  It’s a good idea to do this every Sunday at communion.  But it should be a daily discipline for all of us.  We should pray to the Lord like David did in Psalm 139:23,24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”  I need to ask God to help me to stop evaluating other Christians and to look within my own heart – is there anything in me that is displeasing to God?  Things such as: pride, greed, lust, prejudice, hypocrisy, idolatry, hatred, slander, gossip, covetousness, rebellion, dishonesty, selfishness etc. etc.  Then I need to repent of those things and ask God’s forgiveness and show that forgiveness to others.