It’s one of the first family stories I was told: when I was very young, around three or four, there was a large family gathering of some type. As was the custom at these types of events, my family was talking a lot, and more than one person was talking at a time. You’ve been there before. At any rate, during the evening I had something I wanted to say. But since I was the smallest, I couldn’t forge my way into the conversation. After numerous unsuccessful attempts over the next 10 to 15 minutes, my grandmother finally noticed that I seemed to have something I wanted to say. I was finally called on to speak. It got really quiet. All eyes turned to me. I then got very upset, because after such a long wait, I had forgotten what I wanted to say. I finally blurted out, “You all made me forget my word!” Evidently, I presented this line with great gusto and ability, because I was told this story for years.
We do have a tendency to forget. That is why it is important to have certain triggers in our lives that help generate memories of past victories and meaningful moments. We celebrate birthdays to honor our loved ones. We have big celebrations on the Fourth of July and at Christmas. We have big ceremonies or commencements at graduations.
In the Christian church, communion is one of those reminder events. We are called to the table of Christ to remember and give thanks for what he has done for us. It is a holy invitation given to us by Jesus himself. As Max Lucado mentioned in one of his books, in a real way when the bread is broken, Jesus breaks it. When the wine is poured, he pours it. Through this, we are reminded of the great work done on the cross for us all.
How could we forget that great work of salvation? It seems ridiculous to think that we could. However, we do sometimes go long periods of time without giving it much thought. Do you remember the excitement of your salvation experience? How long has it been since you felt that engaged and close to our Savior? I realize that it may have been a long time ago. There has been a lot of water that has gone under the bridge. It might have been a long time since you uttered words of praise to our God. The world can be a loud and clamorous place. But it is important not to forget our word.
Our God loves us just as much now as he did when he called us to be his children.
The Lord’s Supper is given to us as a reminder. Aren’t you glad you have been offered a seat at the Lord’s table? Have a seat and give thanks.