Taking Communion for Granted
Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 23,24; Psalm 44; 1 Corinthians 11
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to take certain things for granted? When you turn on a faucet, you take for granted that water will come out. When you press the power button on your computer, you take for granted that it will turn on. The church in Corinth was taking something else for granted – Communion. In the early church of the day, the Communion ritual was a bit more involved than it is today. The church members would come together for a celebratory feast before taking communion. Paul heard reports that some of the Corinthians were using this time to indulge in excessive food and drink, while others were not getting anything to eat at all. They were still taking Communion, but their hearts were not in the right place. They were more concerned with getting a good meal then they were with honoring Christ.
When I was a kid, the church that I attended with my parents took Communion all the time. For a while, I even think we took Communion every week. Now, keep in mind that at that point in my life, I was not saved. I went to church every week because that is simply what my family did every Sunday, not because I had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In fact, I did not even really know what that meant, but I always enjoyed taking Communion. The bad news is that I enjoyed Communion for all the wrong reasons. First of all, to take Communion we all went up to the altar, which I viewed as a nice break in the service and a chance to get up off the hard wooden pews in which we sat. Secondly, I viewed Communion as a little snack in the middle of service, which I enjoyed. Of course it did not help that the church used actual wine for Communion, so as a child of twelve or thirteen I felt like I was getting away with something by getting to drink a little bit of wine. In all the times that I took Communion as a child, I cannot remember ever really stopping to think about what it meant. The first time I took Communion after I was saved as an adult, I remember thinking back to those days as a child and feeling sick at how I had treated Communion. Like the Corinthians, I was not respecting the body and blood of Christ. I was not respecting the sacrifice Jesus made for me.
You may be reading this judging my actions as a child, which is fine with me because I realize now how much I deserved to be judged at the time. The fact is, though, for many people today it can be pretty easy to take Communion for granted. It can be easy to get used to taking Communion in your church and not really take the time to make sure you are going into the Lord’s Supper with the right frame of mind. In today’s key passage, Paul says, “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. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.” The next time you take Communion, I challenge you to really think about today’s key passage. Before Communion even begins, search yourself for any hidden sin you may have in your life and take it to the Lord in prayer and ask for forgiveness. Before taking the bread, remember the words of Jesus when He said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Christ gave His body for YOU, and taking the bread is a way to remember His sacrifice. Before you drink from the cup, remember the words of Jesus when He said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” Jesus shed His blood to create a way for YOU to come to God. As the ultimate sacrifice, He perfectly fulfilled the Old Testament law and created a way for us to be saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. When we focus on the sacrifice of Christ, we can ensure we have the right heart when taking Communion, and we can avoid ever taking it for granted.
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Posted on March 26, 2013, in 07 - 1 Corinthians and tagged Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Eucharist, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Religion, Salvation, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.