Taken blessed broken given

During the Last Supper, in Matthew 26, the Scripture says that, “Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples” (Matthew 26:26, ESV). Traditionally in our Eucharist services the bread elements are broken. Although in larger groups the bread might be pre-cut or the participants might use small wafers instead of bread, the breaking of the bread is still an important part of the service. It is an intentional part of the pattern that Jesus established.

Jesus took the bread—He selected and chose it—before blessing, breaking, and giving it away. This pattern extends beyond the element of bread and it applies to your life too. Jesus has chosen you. He wants you. He desires your service and your company. And just like the bread, you too have been blessed. Despite the many challenges that you have faced and overcome, you have been blessed. We all have been. His blessing is on our lives today.

We have been chosen, blessed, and yes, we have also been broken, sometimes badly. Hardships and difficulty touch every life, yet the communion service reminds us that those painful moments are taking us somewhere. After choosing, blessing, and breaking the bread, Jesus gave the bread away for the nourishment of His followers. And He would like to do the same with you if you are still willing.

Real life begins when it is given. The abundant, vivifying, Zoe life of God gets experienced as God gives us away for the needs of others.

Please ponder this as you survey our world and engage in your weekly rhythms and routines. God wanted you. He loves you and has blessed you. And He would like to focus your brokenness outward into a distribution of life for the world.

But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.” (Philippians 2:17-18)

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