In many churches, communion is proceeded by a time of reflection to examine oneself for any unrepentant sin. Don’t get me wrong, it is important to repent of sin, but communion isn’t about that. It’s not about us or what we have done. It’s about what Jesus did for us on the cross. The focus should be on Him and his sacrifice.
If you take the
entire content of 1 Corinthians 11 in context, there is a problem in the
Corinthian church. The prevailing thought in that time was that people ate by
age, gender, and wealth. Rich men ate first and poor toddlers last. If there wasn’t
enough food, those near the bottom of the pecking order didn’t get any. When
the church got together in Corinth, they were following this protocol. The
attitude among the wealthier was that they didn’t need to wait for those
servants who were likely to come in last because of their work. In doing so
they were judging some as better than others. This admonition to judge
ourselves has to do with recognizing that we are no better or worse than anyone
To drink the cup “unworthily” does not have
anything to do with who we are or what we have done. To “not discern the
LORD’s body” is to reject others as not worthy. It has nothing to do with
a “salvation” prayer or examining ourselves for every little sin. It
is recognizing that I am no better than anyone else in the church. To reject a
child, or disqualify anyone (even yourself) as “unworthy” of
communion because of “sin” is in essence, rejecting the work that Jesus did.
The jobs I have had over the last several years have often made getting to church difficult. I love the church, but more often than not, I find myself feeding from internet ministries and fellowshipping with my friends online instead of getting to a physical meeting.
I have a wonderful, vibrant relationship with God. He is always with me. I pray throughout the day and I really believe He speaks to me on a daily basis. But it is all very informal and sometimes I feel like I may be taking God for granted.
Recently, I heard a minister say that he takes communion three times a day. He reasons that he eats physical food three times a day, so he ought to eat the body and the blood of Christ three times a day as well. This just really intrigued me! If you know me at all, you know that I am a kinesthetic worshiper. I love to dance before the LORD and I put my whole heart into it. This was something a little more hands on than the running conversation that I enjoy with God!
At first I resisted a bit. The last thing I want to do is a repetitive mindless ritual! But then it occurred to me that I kiss my husband when he leaves and when he comes home to show him that I love him. Just because it’s a repetitive ritual doesn’t mean it is mindless or without meaning. Communion three times a day could be a way to honor Him with a beautiful little kiss!
So I made some unleavened bread and bought a bottle of grape juice. Three times a day, I get off by myself to spend a few moments focused solely on God. I don’t eat meals at a certain time every day, so I’m not being a stickler about communion at 7, 3 and 7 and I’ve forgotten and only taken communion two times in a day, but I forget to eat physically too sometimes and there are days where my husband doesn’t get a kiss because of circumstances so I’m not going to get all legalistic about it. Taking communion three times a day is my goal and most days I make that goal. 🙂 I’m really loving it and I think God is too!
Just thought I’d share with you in case you might like to do this too!