Meeting at the Sznajders'
As we were pulling up to the Sznajders' home, my heart began to beat faster as I saw a caravan of other cars behind us. What we were thinking would be a small fellowship at their home turned into something much larger. As my wife and I walked in to their home, we were met by people that we hadn't seen for years and the expectation for God was evident in the room. After a few minutes of warm greetings we began to sing, worship and then preach. It wasn't long before we sensed the ushering in of the Presence of God and the magnificent joy that accompanied it. The meeting began at 7.30pm and people stayed after the message and fellowshipped until after 11pm. We shared precious bread together.
These words have been burning in my spirit these 2 weeks in Poland as we visit cities, churches, and home:
"For I received from the Lord Himself that which I passed on to you [it was given to me personally], that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was treacherously delivered up and while His betrayal was in progress took bread, And when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you. Do this to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance. - 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 AmplifiedIf we don't carefully consider what Paul was saying it's easy to miss the full beauty of this portion of Scripture. What Paul had received from God he ministered immediately to his troubled church in Corinth. We don't really possess something until we give it to the Body of Christ. When we minister it to the Body, Psalm 16:2-3, we really prove it was ours since we have the power to administrate it, and give it in self determinated fashion.
Jesus then gives the bread to his disciples, to us, after blessing it, saying 2 things for us to do with it, "Take" & "Eat". The first I think we know how to do well, "take". To receive from Christ is easier than to "eat". Eating is an unpleasant process of the crushing and destroying of the bread by our teeth, and the swallowing and assimilation of it in our bodies. Yet we would say, "oh, no, I cannot do such a thing to Christ, it would be taking advantage of him because of my own appetite, it is wrong". But yet we cannot know Christ unless we hunger after Him and not only hunger but consume His body at His own gracious promptings, "TAKE!" We are ashamed to need Him so and we are quick to say "you shall not wash my feet". With out knowing forgiveness, we do not know Him.
That's what Paul is saying, "what I received of the Lord, that which also I delivered unto you." Paul became as bread to these Corinthians in their familiarity, hatred, and comparisons with one another. When we are as sheep for the slaughter daily, and our lives become as bread; chewed up, crushed and taken advantage of (Psalm 44:22; Romans 8:36) we are suffering wrongfully for His sake and people will see Christ truly. People may use you as a doormat, but when they get inside the door, into the assembly, the Body of Christ, they see the wonders of what they were called into. When we give, and forgive, we are most like Christ. We shouldn't be afraid to be taken advantage of, to be as bread for His People.