As we approach the Passover and the Spring Holy Days, I find it interesting to consider that we are each year told to examine ourselves (1 Cor. 11:28) and yet the Laodicean ERA is told that they do not think they have need of anything.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Our people of this time period of the church have been given so much knowledge for so long that it has become second nature to us. We keep the laws of God, we go to church on the Sabbath and we keep God’s Holy Days. What is it really that we have to overcome?
I say that in a “tongue in cheek” manner of course and yet…. Why does God say what He does about this end time ERA of His church if there were not something wrong.
As we approach Passover we are admonished to examine ourselves more than normal even and there is “deadly” meaning behind that command;
1Co 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
1Co 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
1Co 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
So here we have many of our people who because of having so many of the riches of God’s way of life have become lukewarm and insensitive to what they need, yet here at this time we are commanded to examine ourselves so we do not take of the Passover unworthily, not discerning the Lord’s body.
We cannot be lukewarm about this. We cannot assume that just because we have so much of the truth of God that there is nothing we need. Notice:
Luk_17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Just doing what we are commanded to do does not make us profitable servants. We must be reaching down inside of us and overcoming the hidden sins and lusts of the body, We must be resisting the thoughts and desires that satan broadcasts into our minds. We must be consciously looking for and overcoming the sins that so easily beset us (Heb 12:1)
There are way too many of us that are self satisfied with how we are. We do not see what we need to overcome in our lives.
As we prepare for the Passover, let us reach deep inside each of ourselves to discern what the Lord had to suffer for that is found in each of us. That is discerning the Lord’s body. Searching out the sins that are deep within each of us and overcoming them. Let us with ZEAL throw off the lukewarm attitudes about sin in our lives and dig deep to truly examine our selves and overcome those sins that we find hidden there.