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9th November 2023


Devote Yourselves

As the Lord’s people we are to wholly devote themselves to Him & several other things too.
We have looked into how we are to faithfully commit ourselves to prayer, the Scriptures & Apostolic doctrine.
We have also seen how we are to be totally committed to loving one another & fellowshipping together.
The final thing we will look at is being devoted to the breaking of bread. This will be our focus for today.


All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. Acts 2:42 NLT


Believers in the early church were committed to eating together on a regular basis.
This was one of the ways the first believers expressed family, developed deep friendships & shared fellowship.
We frequently see Jesus eating meals with His disciples & other in the Gospels too.
There is something very powerful happening when we eat together with others.
We share our hearts & lives as well as the food. SELAH

Scholars & theologians have a few ideas about what this sharing of meals or the breaking of bread means.
Some see it as a type or sort of Jewish fellowship meal.
Others see it as commemorative of Christ’s redemptive death & others as an agape (love) feast (cf 1 Corinthians 10:16 & 11:24).
It can mean an ordinary meal & it is highly likely to be referring to the Eucharist meal.

Whenever we share food together as the Lord’s people it is a time for joy, love, and praise because.
This is because whether it is a love feast, an ordinary meal or Communion we are connecting with Jesus.
Sharing the meal & our lives as we spend time & eat together in His presence.
The giving of thanks through prayer in all these circumstances is good practice (Matthew 26:26; 1 Timothy 4:1-4).
Communion, of course, is an extra special meal where we receive, help, strength, healing, & wholeness from the Risen Christ.
That is why it is a regular feature of worship in nearly all church streams & denominations.
I have had the great pleasure to eat food with the Lord’s people in several countries & in differing continents.
It is always a rich & rewarding experience. The food is always good & appreciated too!! Hallelujah!!


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I sharing food & other things with my brethren in Christ?
  • How am I using food to be a blessing to those who do not yet know Christ?
  • Meditate upon the power of eating together as the lord’s people.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You call me wholly unto Yourself,
And also to share my life & food with my brothers & sisters in Christ.
Jesus thank you that You are the Bread of Life,
That you feed, nourish & sustain me in all ways.
Holy Spirit help me to generously share with the body of Christ,
And give me grace to be willing to keep opening my life up to others.
This I ask in Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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