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.
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