THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread…”
Acts 2:42 ESV
BOLD DEVOTION TO EATING
Three times a month, Jermaine Washington and Michelle Stevens get together for what they call a “gratitude lunch.” With good reason! Washington donated a kidney to Stevens, whom he described as “just a friend.” They met at work where they used to have lunch together. One day Michelle wept as she spoke about waiting on a kidney donor list for 11 months. She was being sustained by kidney dialysis but suffered chronic fatigue and blackouts and was plagued by joint pain. Because Washington couldn’t stand the thought of watching his friend die, he gave her one of his kidneys. When you’ve got something great to be thankful for, having a “gratitude lunch” is a great way to celebrate.
The early church was devoted “to the breaking of bread” together in gratitude as they remembered the sacrifice that Jesus had made for them. The church was committed to regularly remembering Jesus’ sacrificial death for their sins by taking communion. They were also committed to sharing meals together as a bonding experience.
There is value in shared meal times. Pick a day this week and make it a priority to have an uninterrupted meal with your family or with other believers. Talk about highlights and lowlights from the week and maybe anything you want to share that God is doing in your life. Put the phones down and turn off the television. Who knows what you might hear. You may be surprised how rich that time ends up being for you.
“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts” Acts 2:46