OYB February 9

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 29, Exodus 30:1-10
NT: Matthew 26:14-46
Ps: Psalm 31:19-24
Pr: Proverbs 8:14-26

Today´s notable verse:

17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.

19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.

20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,

21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.

Proverbs 8:17-21 (NIV)

Remember, this chapter refers to wisdom (also, as I pointed out yesterday, symbolic of and analogous to the Holy Spirit). Those who seek wisdom find it; James gives us the key:

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

James 1:5 (NIV)

When God gives us this wisdom, we grasp His perspective with respect to the true nature of riches, honor, wealth, and prosperity - and what a blessing that perspective is, because what the world offers for these things will always prove to be insufficient and empty compared to what God wants for us.

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Comments from you & Question of the Day - Do our readings in Matthew today remind you of Communion / The Lord's Supper at your church? Is this a positive remembrance for you? How important is Communion / The Lord's Supper to you personally these days? Do you look forward to this remembrance at your church? Have you ever experienced Communion / The Lord's Supper with others in settings outside of your normal worship experience? Maybe at a prayer gathering or outside or in other beautiful settings?

Communion is not just important; it is vital to the life of the believer! Paul even ascribes tangible, physical consequences for partaking of communion improperly:

27 Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.

I Corinthians 11:27-30

Note, here, that Paul was admonishing the Corinthians for treating communion as just another meal, and were acting out of gluttony and selfishness - but the point is the same: they abused that which Christ ordained as sacred, and thereby ate and drank judgement upon themselves, in the form of sickness and even death.

My church has communion every week, and I prefer churches that do so. However, I love opportunities to share in communion in settings outside of regular church services. I have taken communion with 60,000 men at a Promise Keepers convention, at a rest stop with a mission group during a mission trip, at a state park while camping - I'm sure there are others as well. What I love about these occasions is that the focus remains on communion - and the reason for and basis of communion: Christ - rather than the service during which it is taken.