Power for Today
The Lord's Supper1 Corinthians 11 (NIV)
"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? Because there is one loaf, we who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf." (1 Corinthians 10:16-17, NIV)
WHY PARTAKE of the Lord's Supper? Some do so with proper method and motives, while some fail. This special meal is not for the purpose of satisfying physical hunger or thirst as in a common meal. It should never indicate affiliation with only some of God's children while illustrating separation from others. It is not a meritorious work done through regular, correct participation for the purpose of earning us good standing with God. Participation every Lord's Day of our life will not make us right with God if some other things are not proper also.
The Lord's Supper is intended to remind us that we are to be in, and remain in, covenant relationship with Jesus Christ which is made possible because of His unselfish sacrifice on the cross. It is to remind us that the Lord's church is one body that is to be seamlessly unified. Fellowship among Christians and with the Lord is to be enriched every week. Remembrance of His death, resurrection, and return is our weekly sermon to ourselves and others. Participation without proper preparation weakens the Christian and brings discipline from the Lord. Both method and motives must please God.
Father, give me joy every Lord's Day as I meet with Christ and His body, the church, around His supper. Through Him, I pray. Amen.
- RONALD K. WHITE, Lincoln Park, Michigan