Thomas Watson on Preparing for the Lord’s Supper

“We must come with:

1. Self-examining hearts.
2. Serious hearts.
3. Intelligent hearts.
4. Longing hearts.
5. Penitent hearts.
6. Sincere hearts.
7. Hearts fired with love to Christ.
8. Humble hearts.
9. Heavenly hearts.
10. Believing hearts.
11. Charitable hearts.
12. Praying hearts.
13. Self-denying hearts.”

Watson writes eloquently in each of these (in the Banner of Truth’s book, The Puritans on the Lord’s Supper), and he closes with these words:  “When we have prepared ourselves in the best manner we can, let us take heed of trusting our preparations. ‘When ye shall have done all these things which are commanded you, say, “We are unprofitable servants”’ (Luke 17:10). Use duty, but do not idolize it. We ought to use duties to fit us for Christ, but we must not make a Christ of our duties. Duty is the golden path to walk in, but not a silver crutch to lean on. Alas! What are all our preparations? God can spy a hole in our best garments (Isa. 64:5)…”

SDG,
Ezra

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