to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and
will not be able. "Once the
head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and
knock on the door, saying, 'Lord, open up to us!' then He will answer and say
to you, 'I do not know where you are from.' "Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in Your
presence, and You taught in our streets'; and He will say, 'I tell you, I do not know where you are from;
DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS.' "In
that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and
Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves
being thrown out.
It is a sad, but often repeated
fact: there will be many at the Last Judgment who will be surprised to
discover that their attendance in church (of course, the right church)
does not mean that they are welcomed to the kingdom of God. Such people
will use as their defense the frequency with which they took Communion, and
their regular attendance in teaching and worshiping. It won’t work.
They are those who attend church but do not practice the faith.
How, then, can someone be a real
participant in Communion? What makes you “real?” May I suggest some
you present at Communion with Christ, or not? We know that wherever two
or more are gathered in His name, He is there. But are you with
Him? Do you sense the awe due the Lord God Almighty, and enter
humbly? Or do you think that this is just “going to church?” Not
all who participate are actually partaking; some will be just going through the
steps, thinking this is sufficient.
you discern the body and blood of Christ? Your hands touch the bread; you
see the wine. But—in your mind’s eye—do you see the sacrifice He made for
you? Do you see His suffering on the Cross? Our salvation was
purchased at great price; one which is beyond our ability to match. Is it
there for you in Communion?
you one who is a repentant sinner? Do you bring to Him the ancient
sacrifice, the broken and contrite heart? Have you confessed your sins,
and asked both forgiveness and help for whatever sins you have?
The world is like a stage, filled
with actors. We see the actions, but we cannot know the heart. It
is well to remember that we take this cup and eat this bread until He comes
again. Let each of examine ourselves to see if we are a partaker or just a