Self Portait

By Katie Heid*

 I Corinthians 11:26-29 NIV

26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.”

Taking SELFIES – a picture of yourself using your camera phone – is all the rage. Technology has made it possible for us to capture the best angle of ourselves without the awkward blinking or facial expressions that plague so many old-fashioned film pictures.  Thanks to this technology, we can take as many pictures as we need to find the perfect one and then post it online for the entire world to see.  We’re literally becoming picture perfect.

When it comes to communion, God calls us to take a spiritual SELFIE.  We’re asked to take an honest look inside our hearts to see if anything is blocking our relationship with God or others.  This kind of SELFIE can’t be swiped away if we find something unflattering about ourselves.  The only delete button available here is the forgiveness offered through Christ.  In the same way, if there’s a wedge between us and another member of God’s family, we need to set it right.

We owe it to ourselves and our community of believers to examine the state of our heart before taking the cup and bread.  This honest assessment will help us clearly appreciate Christ’s sacrifice and the grace He continues to give.

*Heid, Katie, “Self Portrait”, in Reflecting God, WordAction Publishing, Vol. 76 No.3 March, April, May 2016. Print.

Each one of us needs daily to do a SELFIE of our heart and life.  Is there anything blocking our relationship with God?  Let us keep on the narrow path that leads to eternity with Jesus Christ. 

In a song by E.A. Hoffman “Is Thy Heart Right With God?”, he writes, “Have thy affections been nailed to the cross? Is thy heart right with God? Dost thou count all things for Jesus but loss? Is thy heart right with God?”

Lamentations 3:40 NIV “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.”

Take your SELFIE today to examine your life.

May God Bless you and keep you in the new 2016 year.