The goal in all this was to edify one another in Jesus Christ. I hope we are all now a little more like Him and closer to Him.
Oh yes. We also ate. If it was a good enough reason for the early church to gather, it's good enough for us, too. As we do each week, we celebrated the Lord's Supper as a full meal. Today we had burgers, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, and baked beans. As we ate, we tended to talk in smaller groups of three to five. We dads discussed holiness of life and unity within the church.
We all ate the same food and drank the same liquids. We sat in the same room, used the same kinds of plates and cups, and wiped up the kids' messes with the same napkins. As we did this, I saw very clearly that the Lord's Supper is a great unifier. No matter our backgrounds, our jobs, our financial situations, or even our own favorite doctrines, we were all united in Christ by feeding on His meal together.
No one ate steak while others ate rice. No one ate off gold plates while others used paper. No one drank the finest wine while other sipped water. Instead, we were all the same. We were one in the Lord by eating and drinking the same things together.
It would have been a radical idea in Jesus' time for all people, regardless of social status, to eat together. Even in our culture today there are some folks who would rather not eat with others. Jesus calls us all away from this. There is no status within the church. In fact, if we want to be great, we are supposed to be servants. We must all be willing to share life with all other Christians.
There is no better way to share life than by eating together. When we all bring food that we all share in eating, it causes us to come together. When we sit around in an informal atmosphere and discuss real life issues over a plate of whatever, it forces us to relax, be ourselves, and simply share life as equals in Christ.
Am I always thrilled with the food? No. Although usually I am.
Is it always comfortable? No. I often end up standing against a wall or sitting on the floor.
Is the meal always wonderful? Yes. Yes. And yes. The reason is that Christ is present with us, guiding our discussions, and causing us to edify one another in this informal setting. I thank the Lord for this real spiritual meal that has everlasting significance.