May 31, 2009

"You can eat your fill of all the food you bring yourself!"

My family studied 1 Corinthians 11:20-22 today, it was wonderful.

"When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not."

We have no communion with God, in the sense of the Lord's supper, without communion with people. The Lord's supper is defined by the togetherness of the church! We are to care for each other as we eat, share a meal together, not just exist in our own world, eating our own food, thinking about our own things.

When the church, that is, the body of believers, gathers together to break bread, or to have communion in the traditional sense of the term, we are to be united. [I can't decide if the love we should share is closer to storge, as in, "love one another in brotherly affection," or in friendship, a almost spiritual connection, with the shared interest of our faith. (Yes, you can tell I read The Four Loves this week.)]

In any event, it's such a radical contrast to the Iowa attitude described by the Music Man, where they say, "You can eat your fill of all the food you bring yourself." Eating with each other, with the purpose of remembering Christ's death, is communion. Communion is not a mere ritual of crackers and grape juice- it is the family of God sharing with one another, proclaiming the salvation, stirring up each another to love and good deeds.

4 comments:

Kay said...

hehe. i love learning about some of your thoughts even before they make it to your blog.
wv: saker - somebody who habitually slacks off from working for the sake of something. e.g. "No, I can't help you to run your event. For the sake of my children, I need to be home with them all the time."
(sorry, i just had to. the word was too good.)

Serfy said...

Would this be at least a part answer to your question about needing friends (that you asked me yesterday)? Friendship with other believers is fellowship. :)

Hayley said...

We had a team meeting for our missions trip this morning, and we looked at the love chapter, and talked about what it would look like if we acted out all those things in our group, and my youth minister made the point that we cannot be Spirit-filled and of service to the community if we lack love amongst ourselves.

And then I get home and you've written along the same lines on your blog! God is really exciting. :D

Art said...

Kristen, you are funny and I love you alot. :)

Hm, Serf...actually, I hadn't intended it to be an answer, but it's good to think about. Perhaps we don't need friends' approval, but we need their companionship? We need them in order to love God? I'm still thinking about it. What do you think?

Hayley, he is exciting, fulfilling, and everything else wonderful spun into one! And it's good to think about, how can we really and truly love as Christ loved us?