"If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home - so that when you come together it will not be for judgement..."
(1 Corinthians 11:34).
God bless "Sister Betty." She was a dear woman that attended a small country church in a rural Texas town. On one Wednesday evening that I had been asked to speak during their service, Sister Betty had been asked to introduce me. She began by welcoming all those who had ventured out on this "middle of the week" night. As she was speaking, she told the small congregation how much she needed to be there herself. "I need to be in church on Wednesday to get my blessin' to hold me over 'til Sunday."
I've never forgotten those words. Not for a minute do I think that dear sweet Ms. Betty was the only one to ever entertain such a though. "...to hold me over 'til Sunday." I'm certain you understand what she is referring to. There are those who's entire relationship with God hinges on their attendance to church on Sunday mornings. Their entire communication with God unfairly rests on the pastor. They depend entirely on him to meet all of their spiritual needs, to be the voice of God, and resolve all of life's confusion all in less than an hour and a half on one day a week. Wow!
In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul is addressing the issue of communion. There are those who have come to worship and to break bread, but have come hungry, literally hungry. They begin to eat the communion bread to satisfy a hunger, to use it for a purpose it was never intended. Communion was to celebrate what Jesus had done and for them to remember both the sacrifice He gave and the surrender that they had returned. Paul told them to eat at home. What they were to be doing together was to be a culmination and confirmation of what they had been depending upon God for at home.
Imagine if you ate a meal only on one day a week. If your entire week depended upon the nourishment you received one day a week, you would become weak, unhealthy, and ineffective. Making times to spend with God and to "eat" of His Word, the Daily Bread of Life, will make such a difference in your life. Make time in His Word and in His presence a priority in your everyday life. Don't rely on a pastor, a teacher, an evangelist, or even the spiritual maturity of a good friend. Be nourished on the goodness of God everyday. Psalm 34:8 reminds you to "...taste and see that the Lord is good...blessed are you who take refuge in Him." There is great health, successful effectiveness, and much blessing when are making our dwelling place in the presence of the Lord. Let Sunday be the day where you celebrate all that God has been doing in your life all week, and allow the preached Word confirm what He's already been speaking to you. God desires to be an active voice in your everyday life. Not just on Sunday.