How I Know
The Lord knew that we would struggle with condemnation. He knew our biggest fear was failing Him. How do I know?
One night long ago…
23 …the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NIV
Communion is an invitation. Christ saying come into unity with me. Be one with me. An invitation to grace, love, and mercy. Every day. A call to remember He paid it all.
What do you remember?
The Lord knows this is a daily struggle for me. My worst enemies are guilt and shame. Childhood sexual abuse will do that to you. It will fuel the fire of self loathing. I will spray gasoline on the fire of fear. But in reality it is just sin. Self hatred, fear, and unbelief.
But He knew. He knew we would struggle. I would struggle. To believe. To receive. So He said, “Remember me.”
Are you caught up in a cycle of guilt and shame. Is your remembrance of your sin. Lay it down. Raise your face to the heavens and remember Jesus.
The one who came for us. Not for any other reason but to save, but to lavish love and abundant life on the undeserving. Join Him in communion.
2000 years before you ever sinned once He came to give us grace.
Shout the Hiss Down
When the hiss of self loathing and weight of guilt and shame hit. Tell the enemy this. “I know I’m not qualified, but the one who is judge and jury of the universe knew I never would, and He calls me by a new name. Righteous. Remember?”
When you fear, “Righteous, remember?”
When you fail, “Righteous, remember?”
Sooner or later remembering righteousness will be on autopilot.
Go on. Shout it from the mountains, and in the valley too. Remember.