"For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes." (1 Corinthians 11:23-26 - NIV)
I was alone, early one morning listening to these verses and as the last sentence was read, Holy Spirit asked me, "What do you proclaim? And who do you proclaim it to?"
I'd never considered the question before. Whenever I have participated in Holy Communion it has always been in the context of remembrance. "As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you do so in remembrance of me..." ~ I'm not sure.
It's unsettling to realize the extent of the power that rests in the hands of so few individuals. The world has not become a safer place and if we are not careful we will view it through a pessimistic lens. The reality is, God has not relinquished control. He has spoken of these days and he has warned us against abandoning the values and morals and principles that allows society to function in sustainable, healthy ways.
Generosity. You'd think it would be easier to do if you had cash. Yet cash is simply a tool; not the topic. What do you think about when the subject of money and church are found in the same sentence? Two worlds come together when faith and spirituality are coupled with possessions and money.
What would you expect if God showed up and you had never heard the Christmas story. And God told you what he told Mary? Would you even entertain the thought that you might now get some nice clothes, have servants, be treated with respect? You must have had some kind of thoughts that painted a nicer picture than being a village girl. Your son is going to be Messiah. At least you wont be living in a barn.
Who has never done something you have later regretted? Who has never betrayed a friend? Who has never struggled with shame and embarrassment when we failed to measure up to the standard we had set for ourselves? Who has never felt like a coward or a failure? ~ Welcome to life. It is not the mistakes in life that shape the person. It’s our response to the mistakes we make that will define who we really are.
So many cry out for more and don’t really know what more is. Our spirits long to be heard and we begin to understand that what we are wanting is to hear our Creator speak. And in our desperation we withdraw, and we begin to ask and listen. We cry out, “God are you real in my life?”
I’ve heard for most of my life about “the Narrow Road” that leads to heaven and the “broad” road that leads to hell. I just assumed it was synonymous with being a Christian and not being one. I’ve had a pretty black and white religion for most of my life because I was taught to focus on performance more than I was taught to look at God’s heart.
There is seed that is meant to eat and there is seed that is meant to plant. Our culture is rapidly losing its ability to discern between the two. No one should eat the seed that was intended to be planted.
Often we hear about "the least of these" without ever knowing who they are.