For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:17
If we take a look back at our first devotion, we discussed when Jesus gave thanks right before breaking bread with His disciples. It was the last supper with the 12 men He had hand-picked and loved dearly.
In this supper, they shared the same bread and the same cup as Jesus spoke to them saying, “‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.'”
Fast forward to the future, we as the Church, partake in the same ritual to remember the sacrifice that Jesus exhibited on the cross. It is a moment that we are able to break bread, and give thanks.
Not only is it a moment that we remember, but it is also a time to identify ourselves as one with God and one with each other. It is only through Jesus’ blood on the cross that we are able to do so. Paul states in our week of the verse we may be individuals, but we have one thing in common: our Savior.
When I eat out in public with my husband and family, we always bless the food before eating. Sometimes, I see other families do it and my heart grows in gladness. I’m always tempted to run over and say, “Me too, me too!”. I guess there is always a chance that they are not praying to the one and only God, but I like to believe they are. Regardless, it is a beautiful thing when we are united in giving thanks for the blessings that our Lord as bestowed upon us.
Eucharisteo unites us in so many ways. We connect with each other on levels that were never reached before when we watch the body of Christ walk through each season with a heart filled with thankfulness. The blessings pour out. The joy overflows. And the zest for life boils over. Like Ann Voskamp says, “As long as thanks is possible, then joy is always possible.” And how powerful is a community of people who long to spread that deep, chara, joy that can only be found in Christ! Together we become… “game changers, world shapers, risk takers” (Ben Courson). And not only does the grace, joy, and thanksgiving spread like wildfire, we, as individuals, grow immensely in our walks with the Lord. It is a continuous journey of never ending growth-inward and outward.
This doesn’t mean we won’t have hard times. This doesn’t mean that we won’t face unthinkable trials. And this definitely doesn’t mean we won’t have conflict. But, what it does mean, is that our unity always bring us back to square one: the Cross.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1
Live in unity, friends. Break bread and give thanks for the Lord is good and His blessings are many.
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