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World Communion Sunday: A Recipe for Holy Living (His Encouragement)

Black words on a green background read, "His Encouragement: Words from Scripture to Strengthen Your Soul"

This post is part of a regularly occurring Thursday series of blog posts entitled, “His Encouragement.” Every Thursday, a group of blogging friends and I have joined together to to share a favorite verse from scripture and a short meditation on how God is encouraging us each week. How is God encouraging you? Let me know in the comments at the end of this post!

Today’s Bible Verse:

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8)

Happy World Communion Sunday!

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. Christians throughout the world in many different countries recognize the first Sunday in October as World Communion Sunday. On this Special Sunday, we celebrate Christian unity and the fact that we are all united through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In today’s world, we disagree about many different things. It feels as if our world grows continually more divisive each and every day. That is why, this year, World Communion Sunday is more important than ever. On this Special Sunday, we celebrate the fact that there is room at God’s table for everyone. As St. Paul writes in his letter to the church in Galatia, “There is neither Jew nor gentile, slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:23.”

Fast Food vs. The Bread of Life

Image: A baker kneads a ball of dough in order to make bread

I have always admired people who could bake. Since I’ve been married, I’ve gotten much better at preparing meals and baking tasty treats; however, I know that I still have a lot to learn.

When I was first learning how to cook, my grandmother offered me these words of encouragement. “If you can read, then you can bake. All you need to do is follow a recipe. If you can read a recipe, you can make anything. You’re good at reading, so you should also be good at cooking.”

Bread is a powerful symbol. Jesus is the bread of life. This means that, as human beings, we do need more to flourish than just food and water. We could have all the food or all the material belongings we could possibly desire, but if we do not have Jesus, our lives will be empty and incomplete.

I like to use the comparison of fast food. I love McDonald’s. In fact, McDonald’s is my favorite restaurant. I have the McDonald’s menu memorized and I always have room for chicken McNuggets; however, despite my life long love of fast food, as an adult, I have come to realize that even if I eat an entire basket of French fries, I’ll still be hungry an hour later.

I love Mc Donald’s because in the moment when I’m eating it, it tastes good. But it doesn’t stick with me. . That is because chicken McNuggets are not what I would call a nourishing meal. On days when I have chicken McNuggets for lunch, I’m famished by the time I get done with work. I can’t wait to get home and to make a nourishing homemade meal for my husband and I.

A Recipe for Holy Living

When we consider our spiritual diet, we must ask ourselves: Are we allowing our selves to fill up on fast food? Or are we nourishing our souls with the bread of life?

“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4)'”

When we bake bread, we follow a recipe. If we follow the recipe to the best of our ability, we will end up with something delicious and nourishing. In the same way, God gave us a recipe for Holy Living. In the Holy Bible, we can find instructions for how to experience live a good life that will bring us closer to God. When we follow these instructions, even if we expereience hard times in life, we The recipe that God gives us for a good life can be found in Exodus is known as the Ten Commandments.

A Recipe for a Holy Life

  1. Worship only God. (Nothing is more important than God).
  2. Do not make an idol and worship it. (This might sound simple, but how often are we tempted to worship the false idols of fame, beauty, or money?).
  3. Do not take God’s name in vain. (Do not use God’s name as a curse, swear word, or exclamation).
  4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy. (Although many churches are still closed for public worship, ask yourself how you can find a way to worship God in the safety. Many churches such as my own are offering online worship options.
  5. Honor your father and mother.
  6. Do not murder.
  7. Be faithful to your spouse.
  8. Do not steal.
  9. Do not lie or give false testimony.
  10. Do not covet or be jealous.

Finally, the most important ingredient of all, the golden rule in which all other rules are contained was given to us by our Lord, Jesus Christ:

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments (Matthew 22:37-40, NIV).”

This World Communion Sunday, I am encouraged by the fact that no matter how divided our world becomes, as Christians, we are all united as brothers and sisters. It is my prayer that this Sunday and always, w ewill continue to be nourished by Jesus, who is the bread of life.

Until Next Time,

–Rev. Rebecca

Logo is a small green owl that says Rev. Rebecca Writes

This post is part of the series, “His Encouragement: Thursday Thoughts to Strengthen Your Soul.”

Now, it’s your turn! What Scripture verse is inspiring you this week? Let me know in the comments below! I’m excited to join with a group of blogging friends in order to offer you a weekly devotional which will be posted every Thursday.

Please be sure to check out the other great bloggers involved in the His Encouragement weekly series! 

Trisha @ Joy of Reading

Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl

Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

Becca @ The Becca Files

Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn

Gina @ Stories By Gina

Andi @ Radiant Light

Leslie @ Words of Hope

Claudia @ By Claudia Moser

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