This Communion meditation was inspired by a portion of C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves
We often think that we have chosen our friendships and that we have done so because we’re really good at choosing good friends. In reality, just a few years difference in our births, a different job opening in another state, a different home on the opposite side of town—any of those chances would have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are no chances. As C.S. Lewis said, “A secret Master of Ceremonies has been at work.”
Jesus Christ once told his disciples, “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” He could also say, “You have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another.” Our membership in this church isn’t the reward for having good taste in churches. It’s one of the instruments God is using to shape us into the image of his Son.
This meal is for baptized Christians. If that’s you – if you’ve repented of your sins, your faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you’ve professed that faith through baptism – then you are encouraged to partake in this meal. But if that doesn’t describe you, then we ask that you refrain. You may be a Christian who is yet unbaptized. Come talk to me about getting baptized so you can partake in this meal sooner rather than later.
This is meal is a sign of our friendship with God and with one another. “At this feast, it is God who has spread the table, and it is he who has chosen the guests. Christ presides over this meal. So, let’s not question who he has invited.
So, come, and welcome to Jesus Christ.