Did you know that nowhere in the Bible does it instruct us on how often we should take communion? When I was growing up, I always wondered why we only took something as important as communion once a month. First Corinthians 11:23–26 records the following instructions for taking communion:
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
Last week as I was listening to a message from Dr. Sharon Nesbitt; she challenged her followers to take communion for 30 days. I jumped and took her up on the challenge. I ordered 100 pre-filled communion cups with the wafers so my husband and I could take it first thing in the morning prior to reading the Word together.
Then it hit me…”as often as I eat this bread and drink this cup, I am proclaiming the Lord’s return”. Isn’t that something we should be doing every single day of our life…proclaiming the Lord’s return? Why wouldn’t I take communion until Jesus Christ returns or I go home; which ever comes first?
I’ve now made the commitment to take communion every day for the rest of my life. I made the commitment because I want to examine my heart posture daily. I made the commitment because I never want to forget what Jesus Christ endured so I could be here today. He was lied on, betrayed, abandoned, spit on, kicked, stoned, tortured, beaten, whipped, stabbed and hung on a cross so that I could sit here today and make the decision to honor his sacrifice. His blood flowed from the past to my future and waited on me so that I would be saved. I take communion daily because I reverence, love, and honor the Lord Jesus; who was willing to die on the cross to take upon Himself ALL of my sins.
I don’t believe it is just the frequency of taking communion that matters but it is the heart posture and attitude of those who participate. For me, I’ve made a daily commitment but you should examine for yourself what’s right for you and your family. You do not need to wait for the church, pastor, priest or anyone else to take communion. Read the scripture again for yourself. I’m so grateful that Jesus did not instruct us to wait on any one else to partake in this beautiful intimate communion with him.
May Your Steps Fulfill Their Purpose.