What have you been feeding your faith?
We live an oversaturated life. As Christians in the western world, the difficulty of growing in faith is not in our lack but in our surplus. And yet, with so many options before us, many people have a hard time choosing what is good for us. There will be those who say that you just need to read the Bible more. Others will be adamant about prayer. Still others will recommend this teaching or that speaker.
While many of it is actually good advice and at many times necessary, the essence of our spiritual growth that is embedded in all those things actually comes through communion. Without communion, no amount of praying or studying the Scriptures or doing anything will nourish our soul with the living water that never runs dry.
The word communion means “intimate fellowship” and Christians may be familiar with the sacrament of communion which was instituted by Jesus at the last supper for the church to do in remembrance of Him. But communion is so much more than wafers and grape juice. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 gives insight for us today.
“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Paul says that the cup of communion is a blessing, the cup of suffering and the shed blood of Jesus on the cross is a blessing. And that our participation in the blood of Christ that is our intimate fellowship. Our communion.
And the bread that we break, just as Jesus said during the last supper, was His body broken for us. And here Paul again says that our participation in the body of Christ is our intimate fellowship. Our communion.
Communion, the intimate fellowship with God, happens when we begin to share in the suffering and brokenness that Christ endured. To flee from idolatry and make sure that Jesus alone rules over our hearts. To be wholly devoted to Jesus alone and live as Jesus lived, not by our own will or strength but by His grace through His Spirit. I invite you to communion.