Day 17: Do this…

1 Corinthians 11:23-24

The Lord Jesus, on the night 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.”

Maybe you seen those tables in churches that have the words inscribed across the front, “This do in remembrance of me.” We had a table like this in the church I grew up in.

I don’t think I will ever look at those words again the same. I love how Jen points out the difference in what Jesus is asking here – vs. something that was a 1 time command.

When Jesus said of the wine in Luke 22:17, “Take this and divide it among you,” that was a onetime command. But when He said, “Do this in remembrance of Me,” it required continuous action. (Interrupted pg 56)

 

Communion is more than a memory, more than a reverent moment when we recall Jesus’ mercy mission with tangible, physical action since it was a tangible, physical sacrifice. In other words, “Constantly make this real.” (Interrupted pg 56)

And perhaps one of my favorite lines from today’s reading was this:

Why is it so exhausting to uphold someone’s heavy, inconvenient burden? Why are we spent from shouldering someone’s grief or being an armor bearer? Why is it that lifting someone out of his or her rubble leaves us breathless? Because we are the body of Christ, broken and poured out, just as He was. (Interrupted pg 57)

I realize that all too often in my life I haven’t been the one that shoulders the burden for those around me. I’ve been more focused on my own burdens to truly help others and uphold them. God, help me to change. As I think about those in my life that have upheld me, I realize now more than ever that they were broken for my fulfillment.

I want to live out the words I read in the Bible. I don’t want them to just be words and good intentions. I’ve had enough good intentions to last a lifetime. Now is time to let Jesus be revealed in my everyday life so that He may be lifted up and so that others can be fed.

Lord, give us all ears and hearts that are open to what You have ahead for us. Help us to look for You today. Guide our steps, our words, our actions. Help us to see Your Word in a new light and change the path of our purpose – to be all about You and Your Kingdom. Amen!

How did you feel about today’s reading? I love how we got back into the Word to see examples of what Jesus is telling each of us. Comment and let us hear from you – I’d love to know your perspective.

~Starr

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11 thoughts on “Day 17: Do this…

  1. Chirp, chirp, chirp… Have you missed me? I’ve been MIA for a few days now. (No excuse for the weekend, but this week is another filled with wonderful clients coming in to town for training. And then the car accident yesterday morning… Yes, I’m fine. Sore but fine.)

    The first thing that jumped out at me today is the last paragraph of pg 56 – as you have pointed out: “Communion is more than a memory, more than a reverent moment when we recall Jesus’ mercy mission with tangible, physical action since it was a tangible, physical sacrifice. In other words, “Constantly make this real.” “(Interrupted pg 56)

    And pg 57 – “We don’t simply remember the meal, we become the meal.”

    What if pastors and reverends and ministry leaders were to point that out when we take Communion on that regularly scheduled (or semi-regularly unscheduled) date? Can you imagine the church members all start to doubt themselves when Communion is passed around? “Am I willing to be that sacrifice for others?”

    There’s an older song “Somebody’s Prayin'” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHtWhnZU2Xo – this song reminds me of my life – and for some reason it came to mind while reading today’s section.

    I’ve carried the burdens for others – or helped them carry them. I’ve been exhausted (emotionally and physically) from that toil. And I’m sure others have been that for me – I never thought about why you feel that way after carrying that burden. – Because we are, as His body, broken and poured out and spent.

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    1. So glad to have you back, Melissa L.!! And we are glad you are ok from the accident. Love your take on how what if pastor’s pointed this out when we take communion – yes, I think we would all think about it differently. That song is a great reminder! I also think about the one from Wayne Boltz of “Thank you” – we may not know the impact we are having when we become broken for others now, but one day we may have people in heaven that come up to us telling us how the little things that went unnoticed – were exactly what we were supposed to do!

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  2. When you plant the seed or water the ground, you may not see the harvest – but if you follow His lead, he’ll have you where He wants you to do what He needs you to.

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  3. Another thought just came to me. In what I do , do I do it because I know I should? Or do I do it because I need to? Or is it because I want to show more of Him? Hmmm…

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  4. I just finished reading the book of Luke so these passages were fresh in my mind. My heart was broken when I heard that my friend Linda passes away on Sunday morning. I didn’t go to see her often enough to help her carry her burden. I didn’t cook dinner often enough to help her family carry the burden of taking care of her. God forgive me and help me to step out of my selfish world and see the hurting of others before it’s too late.

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    1. Freida, I completely get that – the feeling of “why didn’t i do more when I could have”. (I saw the post about Linda – my heart hurts for them…)

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      1. I thought the exact same thing Sunday morning when we got the call. I could have done more. I don’t want to miss opportunities like that again. Life is too short and there are so many around us that we miss every single day.

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