Things that hinder

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

May/June 2016 Issue –  The Presence of God‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11

The text set for today’s reading and meditation:

1 Corinthians 11:23-34 (NIVUK): ”For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’

In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.

That is why many among you are weak and ill, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.

So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment.

And when I come I will give further instructions.”

In today’s study, Selwyn writes: “For a further day we stay with the thought that when those who belong to a church do not pay attention to the need to deepen their relationship with each other then they will not experience a keen sense of God’s presence in their midst.”

The main area, which I liked was today’s prayer: “Heavenly Father, I pray that around your world today Your children might come to see the importance of being more open to one another and to You. Begin with me, dear Lord. In Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.”

It’s an appropriate prayer – don’t you think?

For me, the pathway to enjoy deeper relationship with each other is to focus on our love for God – the first and greatest commandment – then, I think it’s a natural consequence that the love of Jesus will flow from us to others – a truly sacrificial love – that enables us to trust another with our vulnerable inner self. Do you agree?