Saturday, February 11th, 2017
Do-Gooders (Part 88)
Tend The Lord's Table
I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, 'This is My Body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, 'This cup is the New Covenant in My Blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.' For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.
Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the Body and the Blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the Body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep...
So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you will not come together for judgment. The remaining matters I will arrange when I come.
1 Corinthians 11:22-33 (NASB)
In my lifelong struggle with gluttony (although a superficial glance at me might not reveal some of my battle scars), I can relate to Paul's admonition. Apparently, excess and carousing crept into early church congregations, making Holy Communion unholy.
Because solemn and thankful remembrance must accompany the ceremony proclaiming Christ's death until His return. Because His sacrifice to give us life must be acknowledged with heartfelt passion, making our Holy Communion complete.
If our hearts, minds and mouths stray elsewhere, if we forget Christ is The Bread of Life, if we ignore His Blood shed at the Cross, if food becomes a greedy pleasure-fest, if wine becomes an intoxication, then we risk sick bodies and sad outcomes.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Do-gooders must tend to God's table, reverencing food as Christ portrayed. Like along the road to Emmaus where the newly resurrected Christ walked and talked with two sad disciples, enlightenment came by Communion. In the breaking of bread with Jesus, 'Their eyes were opened and they knew Him' (Luke 24:31).
While Holy Communion is special, every meal should follow heartfelt thanks. Every meal should invite its Maker. Because the Lord likes to dine with us.
'Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me' (Revelation 3:20).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.