Free Thought Friday: May 20, 2016
Communion: With One Accord in One Place
For today’s “Free Thought Friday” I want to discuss the word and action of communion. All day today (actually all week) I have been thinking of how much God loves us. In turn I have also been thinking about how much we say we love Him but how our actions don’t always follow that. I have made it known how I have been convicted of ungodly judgments and my condemnation of the Body of Christ (which includes condemnation towards myself). God makes it perfectly clear that loving each other is just as important as loving Him. He actually says that if we don’t have love for another then we don’t have love for Him.
1 John 4:20-21 – If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.
That’s as plain as it can get. However, God in His infinite Wisdom says this many different times and in many different ways throughout the Bible. If God says something multiple times it must be of great importance, right? You may be asking what does love has do with communion? EVERYTHING.
The act of taking communion (the wine and the bread) is more than just taking the cup and the bread (or cracker/wafer). We know the cup represents the blood which Jesus poured out for us; we know the bread represents His body which was beaten, broken, and sacrificed for us. All He did for us was out of His unconditional love for us. Us symbolically taking the cup and the bread is us accepting His sacrifice for us and His love for us. Sure, we already know that but do we understand? His blood poured out of His body and covered His body. Are we seeing this picture? The Body of Jesus Christ is covered in the blood of Jesus Christ. When we do not love one another we are not fully loving the Lord Himself or fully accepting His sacrifice.
Loving one another is shown in different ways. It is shown through compassion, through mercy, through forgiveness, through discipline/correction (of a convicting nature from Holy Spirit and not of a condemning nature from man) and it is shown through servitude. That is a lot to take in but this is one of those things that needs time to marinade in each and every one of us to have it take full form in our lives. What does all this have to do with “one accord in one place”?
When we take communion we are connecting individually to the Lord as part of His Body through the Holy Spirit. Though this symbolic act is important, it is only a small part of the bigger concept of Communion. Have you ever been a part of or seen others gather together with one purpose? The example I am thinking of is after a major tragedy. People that didn’t like each other before, people that didn’t know each other, and people of all walks of life come together just to unite and love on one another (think about where and how you were after the 9/11 attacks). That is an example of being of “one accord in one place”. Imagine when we are all gathered with the same mind (the mind of Jesus Christ) in the heart of Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:1-4, 46-47 – When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. . . . 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
To come to a deeper understanding of Communion I want to give some words for us to meditate on. Here is a good link to look up the definitions and origins to help us in our understanding: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us
communion, commission, commit, common, communal, community, commune, communicable, communicant, communicate, communication
Meditate on all these words and their meanings. Let us each grow individually in the heart of the Lord so that the Body of Christ can be where it needs to be under Christ (the Head). Bless you and happy Friday😘!