Consider Your Ways

By Pastor Joel Sims

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul tells the church that they are eating and drinking damnation to themselves. But, what does that mean? 

He is saying they are living in such a way that is bringing consequences into their lives. They aren’t considering the path their life is going down – they are living fast. Paul is asking them to slow down, evaluate their life, and see that direction matters more than speed. Frequently, we live too fast. We are not mindful of where our life is headed. Paul is asking them to have a moment in their life over communion where they evaluate the direction their life is headed in.

We need these moments too. We need moments where we evaluate – where are our habits taking us? If I keep living this way am I inviting pain into my life, my family, my body? Paul said for this reason (a lack of examination) many are weak and even die prematurely. Is the direction your life is headed in physically leading towards health and strength? The food you regularly put in your body, is it leading towards life? The way you are treating family and friends, is it leading towards growing and healthy relationships? The way you are spending, saving, and giving, is it leading towards riches in heaven, financial peace, and enriching the lives of others? Or, is it bringing financial stress?

Paul is saying to evaluate your life. Slow down. Have moments where you judge yourself and consider your ways.

Before consequence comes many times there are warnings, but we miss them because we are living so fast we can’t see them. Think of Samson. There were so many signs his life was moving in a direction of pain. How many times must the Philistines run into the room, Samson, to let you know you are about to face harm?

The same is true in our lives. In the book of Haggai, he writes, “Consider your ways!. You have sown much but bring in little.” (Haggain 1:5-7) Basically, he’s saying, if you would slow down you would see something is wrong! Examine your life. Direction matters more than speed.

Ask the Holy Spirit if there is any part of your life you need to judge. It’s better to judge yourself than to keep eating and drinking (living) damnation to yourself. He will help you not only see the areas but also direct you to ask the Father for grace to change that area of your life.

May 1, 2024