1 Corinthians 11:20-22 – 20 When you meet together, you are not really interested in the Lord’s Supper. 21 For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk. 22 What? Don’t you have your own homes for eating and drinking? Or do you really want to disgrace God’s church and shame the poor? What am I supposed to say? Do you want me to praise you? Well, I certainly will not praise you for this!
My new revelation today was in this verse I studied in my TLT lesson this morning. I have been searching for a church to make my home in, so I’m interested in all verses about meeting together.
The first a-ha moment here was that the Lord’s Supper is Jesus trying to tell us that we have to digest him (the Word) on a regular basis. Because I forget on practically a daily basis the things I have learned before, I need to continue to go to him (daily and more even!) for a refill.
The second wasn’t really an a-ha as much as a “wow.” Since I don’t think this was entirely about bread and meat and cheese, I will venture a guess that Paul was telling people that church is supposed to serve a purpose other than being spiritually fed. We are supposed to be responsible for getting our own spiritual food and drink during the week, and church is where you care for those who do not have food of their own. It’s to be a time to share what food you’ve been given.
I think too much demand is being put on the church (as an organization) today to be the source of spiritual feeding. Yes, the church body will very often (and rightly so) be fed while meeting as a congregation on the Sabbath (or Sunday), but it should never be the sole source of nourishment, and should not be expected to feed you so much that you don’t get hungry again until the following weekend.