Sharing in the Lord’s Table

Sharing in the Lord’s Table

I am speaking as to sensible people. Judge for yourselves what I am saying. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, since all of us share the one bread. Consider the people of Israel. Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? What am I saying then? That food sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but I do say that what they sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons! You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot share in the Lord’s table and the table of demons. Or are we provoking the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he? (1 Corinthians 10:15-22)

Regarding whether or not someone can eat food sacrificed to idols, Paul agrees with those who say “yes,” affirming that God has made all things for our good and the idol is nothing. But now, he points to a higher truth, one that will cause those who say “yes” to reconsider. He reminds them of the beauty of sharing at the Lord’s table and the joy of living as members of the body of Christ. He also points to the reality of demonic activity present in the worship of idols. He reasons that Christ has called us to a higher life. Why would we remain entangled in worldly matters? Why would we have any inclination to share in anything demonic?

There is a higher way for you to walk. While it is true that living as a Christian can help you find better ways to live, you may still be living with a worldly mindset and miss out on Spiritual living. So allow me to ask some difficult questions to press this point. Christ has indeed set you free, but what will you do with your freedom? Will you say, “I am now free to do whatever I want?” or will you turn and surrender your freedom to Christ and serve Him willingly, constraining your freedom to his will? You may be obedient to the truths about Christ, but are you obedient to Christ? Do you worship Christianity, or do you worship Christ? Do you walk as a Christian, or do you walk with Christ? Paul calls the Christians in Corinth, who believe they hold the correct opinions, to a higher way of life. He calls you also. Jesus Christ has welcomed you to share in His table, so eat nowhere else.

Let’s Pray:

Lord Jesus Christ, you are The Way. You have surrendered your life to set me free. Having been set free, I surrender my freedom to you. Call me up to a higher life. Keep me from using my religion for my personal gratification and call me into deeper service. And let me never serve anything demonic.