March 5th, 2017
1 Corinthians 10:14-26
Your God is the one to whom you offer sacrifice, the one at whose table you eat. Ancient Romans and Greeks–even ancient Hebrews for that matter–took their sacrifice to their temple. There, they gave an offering to their god. A portion was returned for them to take home and place on their own table. In this way, their god was invited into their own homes and lives. The difference was not the practice but in the god worshiped. Paul saw that “the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons” (v. 20).
Believers gather at the Lord’s Table. There we offer “the cup of thanksgiving,” remembering Christ’s blood offered for our salvation and our shared life in Him. We break the “one loaf,” symbol of our unity in the body of Christ and our participation in Christ’s ongoing life in our world.
To whom do we give our offerings of time, talent, and treasure? At whose table do we eat? May the cup we drink and the bread we break reflect our “participation in the body of Christ.”
Author: Duane Brush