Key Habits for Sunday Readiness Day 4 – Share Gifts Among the Fellowship
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews 13:15-16, ESV)
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. 33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. (1 Corinthians 14:26-33, ESV)
In day three of our study, we discussed the importance of actively participating in the weekly remembrance meeting. In today’s study, we will discuss how, during the Sunday morning Lord’s Supper, we should share our gifts among the fellowship. Yes, prayers should be prayed, hymns should be given out, and thoughts of Christ should be shared, but there is order in how it should be done. After all, God is a God of order, and the remembrance of the Lord is no exception. He does not explicitly say what the order should be, but there are principles given that we can follow.
The first principle is to make sure that what we plan on sharing is relevant to the purpose of the gathering. During the Lord’s Supper the focus is on the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not the time to petition God to answer our prayers, to share a gospel sermon, or to give out a hymn that focuses on the trials of life. If the focus of the meeting is Jesus, then our prayers, hymns, and the thoughts we share should be about Him—His life, His death on the cross, His perfect character—and they should lead the congregation to think more about Him.
The second principle is to make sure that what we plan on sharing is succinct. I am sure we have all been in a meeting where a prayer goes on for about five minutes too long. It is great to come prepared with many thoughts and appreciations about the Lord, but we should be respectful of others in the time we take. It is great to share what we appreciate about the Lord with our fellow believers, but we should also make sure that we share the limited time we have.
There are no doubt many other principles, but a third one we can follow is to make sure that what we plan on sharing works well with what others are sharing. As we discussed earlier, God is a God of order, and this remembrance meeting should also have an order to it. It can sometimes seem like the prayers and shared thoughts are somewhat random, and other times they seem to follow a theme. We should let the Holy Spirit lead and move through the meeting. It is encouraging when a hymn is given out that flows with the theme or a word is shared that has been mentioned a few times in prayer already.
If we are going to actively prepare and participate in the Lord’s Supper, let us also make sure that we share our thoughts and share the time. The remembrance service will no doubt be a blessing to those who are there, and, most importantly, it will be a sweet-smelling savor to the Lord. It would be my prayer that we would regularly come to this church meeting with thoughts afresh and ready to share.