“As we gather around the Lord’s table,” the sincere speaker tells us, “let us clear our minds from all the affairs of the world.”
Well, he’s right. And he’s wrong.
He’s right. When we worship we need to remove from our minds the secular and the mundane, the driftwood of our daily lives: television programs, sports teams, the joke told at last night’s dinner, things harmless in their own way, but not spiritual, and things harmful because they are sinful.
We need to clear our minds of all that.
He’s wrong. There’s more. We should bring to the Lord’s table our problems, our fears, our guilt. Here, in this safe place, we can lower our burdens gently to the ground and leave them there. This is exactly what we should bring to the cross; where else could the burden be rolled away, but at the cross?
He invites us to do that:
“Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28,29).
Just be sure not to pick those burdens back up and take them with you when you leave!