Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. (1 Corinthians 11:28 ESV)
Sunday we learned that the sin in question was most likely persistent prejudice. The early church had become a group of wealthy and poor followers. God has never condemned wealth, nor has he exalted poverty. One’s possessions do not determine his or her standing with God. The church was meeting and requiring that those who had less eat outside, while the wealthier and more influential Christians ate on the inside.
Here’s a simple assignment. This week, find someone who doesn’t fit into your circle of friends. Maybe they have less (or more) than you. Their skin color may be different or their education level below (or above) yours. Befriend them. Let God speak through you into their lives. Maybe they’re polar opposites from you politically.
Look past the surface to the soul. Reach out to them. Really get to know them.
Who knows how God will use you to be salt and light.
Living out the Lord’s Supper requires eating dinner with sinners and saints, black and white, Hispanic and Asian, rich and poor.