NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.
There’s a saying that people will often use in a sentimental way when somebody young dies an untimely death. In the attempt to find an answer for a young person dying, they will say, “Only the good die young.”
But think about it… do people die young or old because they are good people or bad people? If it were true that the good die young, some of you should live a long time! So, what can we say about the timing of your death?
There are some things I’ve determined about dying.
- The keys of life and death are in God’s hands. He knows when the appointed time is for you to die. Most of the time, He does not tell us when.
- There are scriptures that would suggest that if you live right you might live long on the earth. Honoring your parents is sometimes tied to having a longer life.
- Accidents, crime, and biological factors are beyond a victim’s control and are not purposeful.
- If we are in this world we will be exposed to sickness, sin and death. We may become part of God’s salvation, but still subject to death and disease in our earthly bodies.
- A person’s attitude can greatly affect the state of their health.
So, what does the timeliness of your death have to do with the Lord’s Table?
Paul had to scold the church with harsh words and warnings because of the way that they were treating each other. If any of this describes how you feel about life in your church, then do something to make things right.
Here’s the basic conflict. There are some who never pay attention to the needs of others. While some are selfish and over-indulgent about the things that we are meant to share, others get left out in the cold. Then Paul zeroes in on the whole reason we are to commune together.
So how is your attitude towards Christ and his suffering? Does it make a difference in your sensitivity towards others in the household of faith?
Some people are sick and others die before their time because of attitude towards the things of God and the fellowship of believers. Sometimes, the ‘not so good’ die young. It is a gravely serious matter to give proper respect and love to our Lord and to each other.
So when we gather together, we ought to judge ourselves. If we can catch ourselves and make things right, then we may be extending our lifespan. God does not want to condemn us. He disciplines us to let us know that we are loved.
As we eat the bread and drink the cup, let’s examine our heart for the Lord and for each other.
Let’s not treat the communion of the saints as a trivial thing. I remember someone leaving the service early one day with his children. He came up to an usher and asked for “Three juice and bread to go”. Communion is not a drive thru. It’s family time at the table.
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