19And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Being blessed with the opportunity to share with each of you men on Sunday and Monday mornings has brought me to an interesting place. A good and bad place, when I wake up these mornings my thoughts are of you, that is the good place. The bad place is, What is it that I could share with you that would an encouragement to you? What deep spiritual truth can I share? It is good that I am thinking about someone other than myself, that I want you to be encourage and uplifted. The bad or wrong place is that I am responsible for that truth, when truly it is God’s place to speak to you and share a truth with you, those who get to share on this blog are just the instruments to sharing His truth.
And as usually the case the Lord had a plan that is much better. Praise Him for that men.
Church this morning, first of all I was late this morning for church arriving as seats were being taken after a short start worship. This was due to us sharing in communion. As I sat there with my glasses off so that I could focus on the Lord (otherwise I have a tendency to want to see who I might know, what are other doing around me) I was struck by the word Communion. It is not a word that I can find anywhere in the Bible. So I wondered what this word might mean and well here is what I learned.
Webster’s defines communion as – 1) an act or instance of sharing, 2) intimate fellowship or rapport, 3) a body of Christians having a common faith and disciple.
For me there is a lot there that I am not sure I had considered before. In those moments before communion I am asked to speak or share intimately with the Lord those un-confessed sins that I have been holding onto, you know the ones that we are afraid to bring to him, the ones that we are ashamed of. The ones that are weighing us/me down. Then once I have done that, gotten to a place where my heart is right with Him, He shares Himself with me through His Body and His Blood that we take in remembrance of His sacrifice on the Cross.
Following communion and another time of worship the Pastor spoke on Philippians 3:2-10. During the sermon he spoke a lot on the verse 8 – “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ”. He spent a significant amount of time on “rubbish”, telling me that sin creates a vacuum and that sin will suck you in and keep you stuck. He told a store of working on the farm and trudging through the muck and having his boot stuck as he was trying to walk through and eventually the boot got stuck and his foot came out and stepped into the muck with uncovered foot. Men this painted a vivid picture for me and my sin, and what I think I can wade through and not get dirty. Truth is that my foot will come out and I will get stuck in my sin if I am not confessing my sins to Him and allowing Him to wash me clean. I tend not to do this as often as I should, I know sin will make me go further than I wanted to go, stay longer than I wanted to stay and pay more than I wanted to pay.
Men let us take time in the mornings ahead to seek Him in the morning for strength for the day and in evening taking record or our accounts to be clean before Him each day. Spend that intimate time with Jesus and share with Him, He wants to know (already does) about our day and our shortcomings and our successes.
Father, give us the strength for this day and remind us at night to confess to you. That our records, regret and remorse would be short and that we would trust You with every moment of our lives. Thank You for Your reconciliation in Jesus. Amen!