Selfish and Sickly

a parent and a child kneading dough

The common way of speaking today is that the remedy for your weariness is found in you taking a little time for yourself. Now, a good night’s sleep is a good thing. And Jesus went away by himself to pray so there is certainly nothing wrong with a bit of solitude. But, the message we often hear today is that you simply cannot be well while considering the needs of others. You’re a limited being with limited resources and you better make sure to look at for number one first and foremost. This line of thinking begins to feel somewhat like a prison where each man must be for himself or else we will just wither up and die.

It is striking that things went just the other way around for the Corinthians. They grabbed at the Lord’s Table. They looked out for themselves, neglected one another, and the result was that they became sick. Paul identifies a causal relationship at this point. The Corinthians’ selfishness resulted in them not discerning the Lord’s body, and Paul says, “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep” (1 Corinthians 11:30).

As you come to this table, you come to be nourished by Christ and you come with the body of Christ of which you are a member. He is the One who restores us. Your strength to go on is not found in you diagnosing yourself and operating on yourself. Your life and maturity are found in you coming to Christ, trusting Him, and acknowledging the saints around you, pouring out your life for theirs. So come in faith and welcome to Jesus Christ.