Susan slipped into the church and sat at the back. It had been awhile since she’d been there. She always felt going to church was negotiable. If she got there…fine, but if she missed, well, it really didn’t matter. No one seemed to notice her absence anyway.
Susan began to relax in the quietness. She realized she had missed coming and it surprised her. It felt good to be here. As the bread and wine were passed, she began to remember just how important her faith was to her. The dust of busy everyday living began to wash off her soul as she was reminded.
It’s easy for us, in the business of “doing life,” to forget just what is actually proclaimed by Jesus’ death and His resurrection. As mentors, this is the foundation of all we hold out to those seeking hope.
That’s why Jesus called us to remember. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knew we would need to be reminded and He gave us this celebration to draw us back. He knows the powerful significance of His death and resurrection can so easily slip to the background of life. We can find ourselves living in dryness of soul, with divided hearts and even powerless, defeated lives. Sometimes we try to pour out to others with our own cup empty.
“Do this in remembrance of me. For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Corinthians 11: 26).
We may know this Celebration of Remembrance by different names: the Lord’s Table, The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, The Eucharist–yet the message of it remains the same. Remember….and with a heart of thanksgiving proclaim the triumph that echoes down through the centuries to us today. Proclaim the truth of what it means in our lives every day.
Proclaiming truth, out loud, is powerful in the spiritual realm. Revelation tells us the enemy of our soul is defeated by the blood of Jesus and by the word of our testimony.
Remember…and proclaim it!
- I proclaim I am forgiven (Thank You, Lord! You alone know how I need You.)
- I proclaim I am loved (Thank You, Lord, that Your love is unconditional!)
- I proclaim I am cleansed (Thank You, Lord, that my past is now behind me!)
- I proclaim that by God’s grace I have all that I need (Thank You, Lord for Your undeserved grace and mercy to help me in my time of need!)
- I proclaim that the enemy of my soul was defeated at the cross of Christ (Thank You that You give resurrection power in my life to mount above my temptations and weaknesses.)
Do you really believe it? The very same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is the same power that will be at work in your life as you believe and proclaim these truths. Welcome the Celebration of Remembering. Have your heart refreshed with forgiveness and wholeness as you believe afresh the truth of what God says about you, His child. Fill your cup here …and let it overflow to others!
Amaze my heart today with the truth of these proclamations. Thank You for the hope You revive in my heart! Fill me with Your Spirit and let Your resurrection power flow in new ways in my life. Help me to remember the power, in Your death and resurrection that is mine every day. Help me to grow into all You have planned for me to be and to do.
In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
~ Gail Rodgers has a passion for discovering and sharing how the Scriptures apply in very practical ways where we live and walk each day. She is a wife, mother of three, businesswoman and a pastor to women. She resides in Alberta, Canada with her family. Visit Gail’s website at www.gailrodgers.ca. Click to e-mail Gail.
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