Communion, Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper…
Christians everywhere celebrate it as a reminder of Jesus’ death to celebrate together until he comes. While we may have different doctrinal interpretations of what it means, it rings clear that it is an experience that binds our hearts, minds, and lives together in the Christian experience. This last weekend, as I shared in my last post, I had the opportunity to attend the Zomi Community Mission Church. They were celebrating communion as part of their service. While I didn’t understand all the music, prayers, or testimonies shared I did understand what was happening during communion. It was a special time where I experienced God’s grace and beauty through the faith expression of a different culture. Every time I participate in communion with believers is a special time.
We should all recognize together with other believers the importance of participating in this blessing. When our hearts and minds are rightly focused on celebrating the blood, resurrection, and coming of the precious lamb of God we can rightly practice our faith to love God, love others, and have a right perspective of who we are to God. Communion should help us realign our lives to be centered around Christ. The meditation that often accompanies the gifting of the elements is a special time. Often, I reflect on how that time of preparation reminds me to live out the Lord’s Prayer to be in awe of our heavenly Father, recognizing his kingdom in our lives, thanking for his provision, asking for forgiveness and supernatural strength from the Lord to walk with him.
All that to say, don’t do communion for yourself. Do it for the Lord and in celebration with other believers. Remember that the universal church participates together to glorify and thank Jesus for his sacrifice and hope he gives us to live for him. If we keep these things in mind we can begin to take steps forward to protect against individualization of a communal experience, commodifying the Lord’s table, and spoiling the beauty of Christ’s sacrifice, resurrection, and eventual return at the end of the age.