Breaking Bread, The Body of Christ
My whole life I have been cautious of whom I shared a meal. It has always been my practice to follow where the Holy Spirit leads. This has been happening for so long that it is not even a thought, a hesitation or anything else – it just happens the way the Holy Spirit has determined as the situation unfolds. I did not understand nor realize this was the Holy Spirit working in my life until just recently. Breaking bread with another person should be held sacred. Even as a child the Holy Spirit was guiding this aspect of my life.
After studying the Gospel on a number of occasions and having heard a variety of view points about certain aspects of the Gospel the picture is becoming somewhat clearer. Not that I will ever understand, but the clouds seems to be clearing ever-so-slightly.
We learn a little something about the importance of breaking bread as Paul describes who, when and why we are to break bread.
1 Corinthians 11 NKJV
17 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.
18 For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.
19 For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.
20 Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.
21 For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.
22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.