Remembering things isn’t my strong suit. I remember when two months in a row I forgot my twins’ orthodontist appointments. Eventually one of them mentioned that the rubber bands on their braces were starting to disintegrate and asked me when they were supposed to go in for a change.
My greatest strategy for remembering things is telling others in my family about them. We have better odds by remembering together. God often called his people to remember important things together as well. Throughout Scripture we find God helping His people remember important spiritual truths through physical demonstrations, such as:
- Celebrating Passover so the people could remember deliverance from Egypt (Exodus 12:1-16)
- Observing a practice of eating and drinking from the cup to remember the body and blood of Christ (Luke 22:14-20).
Jesus Calls Us To Remember Him
In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul corrected the church for getting off track in their observance of the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion. They needed a reminder, just like we do.
It’s easy to focus on the method of Communion and forget about the heart of the matter: Restored fellowship with God through the broken body and shed blood of Christ.
For me, Communion is a holy moment when I gather with those in my local church to:
- remember God’s love
- reflect on the price of my salvation
- examine my life
The Corinthian Church: Division
The Corinthian church consisted of several house churches of 30 to 50 members and included both Jews and Gentiles. Some were influential community leaders who would have been considered rich, while others were slaves or manual laborers, former prostitutes, and also idol worshipers.
The people were divided:
- the rich were eating what they had brought without sharing
- some impatient church members were not waiting for slaves who might have had to work late.
The Corinthian Church: A Challenge To Remember
In 1 Corinthians 11:22, Paul said that their actions were disgracing God’s church and shaming the poor. Paul’s words to the church may seem harsh, but sometimes we need painful truths to help us course-correct, changing our path from disgrace, shame, and selfishness to remembrance.
Paul challenged the Corinthian believers to remember why they did what they did. He told them in 1 Corinthians 11:28 and 33 to examine themselves and to wait for one another.
Paul’s words teach us to examine ourselves and wait before approaching the Lord’s table. We must ask the hard questions and sit quietly before the Lord so that He can reveal blind spots in our lives.
Communion: A Tangible Reminder
Just as I often forget things, I often forget spiritual truths. We all do. We need tangible reminders, like Communion. Communion is a common ground for all believers. We can find unity without compromise as we remember the body and blood of Christ. Communion is a time to remember Jesus and realign ourselves to the gospel that has transformed our lives.
Unite in God’s love when we want to divide over our differences.
- Is there someone you’ve been avoiding because you approach life differently?
- How can you sacrificially show love to this person?
- Ask the Lord to reveal any blind spots or selfishness so that you can course-correct.
If you want to study more about living love when we disagree and remembering the love of Christ, check out my study, First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree.