The dictionary definition of “reflect” means to realize, consider or think. Read that again. This is the mindset that we need to have when we partake of The Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthinans 11:27,28). We need to reflect on what the elements mean in order to realize and consider how great is the grace and love of God for us (1 John 4:9,10). Jesus told us to “do this in remembrance of Me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24,25)
As I examine myself, I realize more and more just how far short I fall and continue to fall of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). I truly realize that I am undeserving of the grace and mercy of my Lord. However, my Lord Jesus tells me that when I take the elements, I am to remember Him. How wonderful our Lord is! As I look at the bread and cup today, I see symbols of His redeeming love for me (Colossians 1:14). It is by the grace of God that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is by the grace of God that we are delivered from the powers of darkness (Colossians 1:13).
I realize that I may be stating the obvious here, but I find myself all too often doing more reflection on my sin and shortcomings instead of on the atoning work of my Lord (1 John 2:1,2). And what is the result of remembering me instead of Jesus? Guilt, condemnation and frustration, none of which are the work of God’s Holy Spirit in His children (Romans 8:1,2).
Today we read about that day when we, as servants of The Lord Jesus, will stand before Him and be rewarded for the things that we have done in His Name (Revelation 11:18; 2 Corinthians 5:9,10). The Lord’s Supper is meant to motivate us to serve The Lord with confidence (2 Corinthians 5:5-8) and love (2 Corinthians 5:14).
Beloved, because of the work of Christ on the cross, “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) May the reality of our redemption and the promise of Christ’s coming inspire us to live lives that are worthy of His holy Name (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12). “To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:21)