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Monday, October 5, 2015

Communion

Most churches at least offer Communion the first Sunday of the month. Some observe the Eucharist at each weekly service.



What does it mean to commune? To live it out in real life?

The cup of thanksgiving, the Bible calls it. Author Ann Voskamp writes about Eucharisteo. Joy and grace in thanksgiving. And Jesus asks us to remember Him when we partake of the cup and bread.

 Count your Blessings 
name them one by one.
 
Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ?
And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10:16

 
Do you know what you are doing when you partake? Do you just go through the motions? Has you ever wondered why we must remember His Body and Blood?

The Apostle Paul writes:

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 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.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 1 Corinthians 11:23-28

That may seem like a lot to take in but if we look at it verse by verse we can figure it out. Please don't be intimidated by God's Word. He wants to speak to you!

Whenever we as Christians get together and remember Jesus' death we are in communion. All together. We drink of the cup and eat the bread and are made aware of the great sacrifice. 

Verse 28 asks us to examine ourselves before we eat the bread and drink from the cup. That moment of silence is for you to look within. Is something making you uncomfortable? Have you done someone wrong? Are you holding a grudge? Are you counting the minutes until service is over and wondering where you are going to have lunch?

If we take Communion with a heart that is not full of Jesus Paul says we are sinning.  

When we come together, in communion with our fellow believers, we must focus on Him. We must proclaim the Lord's death until He comes! He died for us. You and me. He died and rose again so that we might live a life focused on others and not ourselves. A life free from sin and regret and shame. 

Are you living in communion? 

Still not ready to commit? Still wondering about this whole Jesus thing? That's ok. Will you try and pray? You don't need thee and thou. Just reverence. That means just acknowledging that He is God. Thee One who made Heaven and Earth. Take a moment and be aware that you are alone with Him. He's waiting for you!
 
 P.S. I am writing this on my iPhone. I will add proper links and credit in the morning! If you want a good read this evening head on over to www.aholyexperience.com. Ann Voskamp has an awesome week in review full of links and stories to take you on a little vacation before the new week starts!

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