For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason manyare weak and sick among you, and many sleep. (I Corinthians 11:29-30)
We have discussed in recent posts that God does not want us to be thoughtless participants in the communion service. God desires for us to eat communion in an worthy manner. This means that we must be thinking about Christ’s sacrifice with thanksgiving during communion, and that we must repent of and apologize for conscious sins prior to communion. The Apostle Paul writes that many at the Corinthian church were not doing this, and God was judging them severely for it. Paul says that many at this church were physically weak and sick and that some were physically dead (their bodies were “sleeping” awaiting the ressurrection). Obviously God takes communion very seriously! Those who are guilty of misusing communion have much to fear from God. God punished this sin with actual death and sickness in the past, and He may well do so in our present day as well. If you have knowingly misused communion in the past you should immediately repent of that sin and ask God for forgiveness. I am not saying that you should stop taking communion: rather, that you should start taking it appropriately. God wants all believers to take communion, but He wants them to do it with a holy heart and with the proper respect.