March 22, Wednesday

The AMI QT Devotionals from March 20-26 are provided by Pastor David Kwon of Journey Community Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.  

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT FOR TODAY

The Importance of Communion

1 Corinthians 11:17-32

But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, 19 for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. 20 When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. 21 For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. 22 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. 23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. 31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter asked me, “What’s the purpose of daylight savings time?”  At first, I gave her a general answer, but after doing some research, I came back and told her the history, rationale, and purpose of daylight savings.  I’m not sure it actually satisfied her question, but at least she has a better understanding of it!

Similarly in today’s text, Paul is giving the church in Corinth the purpose and importance of the Lord’s Supper.  The Lord’s Supper is the sign of Christ’s presence among His people and of their unity in Him. As Paul called out the Corinthians for their divisions and factions, he points attention to the fact that by warring with one another, they are abusing the meaning of the central ritual of the church.  He is reminding them that we should united as a body, and the Lord’s supper should remind the believers of that.

Also, each time we take communion we are remembering what Christ has done for us, but also it means that we feast spiritually.  Pastor John Piper put it like this, “‘This is my body,’ and ‘This is my blood,’ mean eat spiritually, that is, eat by faith. That is, feed your soul on all that I am for you. Nourish your heart on all the blessings that I bought for you with my body and blood. That is what faith is: faith is a being satisfied in all that God is for us in Christ. Christ has given us the Lord’s Supper to feed us spiritually with himself.”

We are reminded that because of the broken body and shed blood, we can have access to God and be satisfied in him here and now – not only during communion.  Through prayer and the word, we can draw closer to God and be spiritually satisfied.

Take some time this morning to remember the sacrifice of Christ.  Spend time in His Word and prayer.  May we find our delight in Him alone.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the Lord’s Supper.  It’s a reminder of all that You have done for us.  May we never take it for granted and during this Easter season, may we hunger for more of You.  Amen.   

Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 11


LUNCH BREAK STUDY

Read James 1:22-25: But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. [23] For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. [24] For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. [25] But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

Questions to Consider

  1. What does James emphasize when it comes to the Word?
  2. What is the result of being a doer of the Word?
  3. James uses a brilliant illustration of a mirror showing what it is like when we are not doers of the Word. What areas in our life are we just being listeners and not doers?

Notes

  1. James points out that it is not enough simply to know Scripture or godly teaching. Knowledge alone is useless. It is even worse than useless, for the person who thinks that knowing the Bible makes one godly is self-deceived.
  2. The contrast here between the hearer and the doer is that the doer remembers the “law of liberty.” The one who obeys the Word finds greater freedom and blessing.
  3. Personal response.

EVENING REFLECTION

Thank God for what He’s done for you.  His promises and His Word are true, and we can put our hope in them today.

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