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Unburdened Reverence

Just as being healthy in faith, in love, and in steadfastness is not limited to older men (Titus 2:2), so being reverent in demeanor is not limited as a good only for older women (Titus 2:3).

I think we learn much about the practice of reverence by the drip-drip-drip of weekly communion. It is inescapable; around the Table we learn one type of reverence or another.

We know that there is an unworthy manner of participation (1 Corinthians 11:27), with drastic consequences (1 Corinthians 11:29-30), so especially around the Lord’s Table we take care. How we take care, how we behave ourselves here, becomes a measuring stick for practicing reverence elsewhere.

Reverence has been boiled down to seriousness, on the solemn side, flirting even with isolation and self-focus. “I will be serious. How dare you not be serious, evidenced by that smile on your face.” We think we prove our seriousness by putting our heads down and closing our eyes, afraid to make any sounds.

And who would say that blurting out isn’t selfish, or that fools aren’t focused on themselves? Indeed. But…

The only Supper that should’ve been so cheerless was the only one eaten before Christ died, and so the only one eaten before Christ rose again. Every Supper since remembers the finished work, the forgiveness purchased, with the Son of God risen again to fulfill His intention for His Bride (Ephesians 5:25-27).

So let your reverence be relieved and unburdened, in shared and uniting supernatural joy, full of the peace of God that passes the understanding of men.