Luke 22:19 – And he took bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
I laughed out loud as I watched the video of my grandson’s first attempt to walk.
He struck out a few feet.
He rested for a moment to catch his breath. Then he crawled back to the point where he’d taken that first step and tried again. This time, he walked a little farther before he crashed to the floor.
Each time he fell, he journeyed back to the origin of his first attempt, the seat of his determination.
Within fifteen minutes, he walked like a pro!
Jamal instinctively knew what many Christians fail to remember. We hear God’s call to move forward. We strike out in confidence only to fall flat. Instead of seeking God’s counsel, we stew in our failures. God wants us to crawl back to Him, to the place where Love began.
When Christ instituted the act of communion, He said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” He instructed the disciples to eat the bread and recall His broken body. As they drank the fruit of the vine, they were to remember the blood He shed.
For the cross was the place Christ demonstrated His love.
I found salvation as a young teenager. But sin and willfulness blotted my walk, and I journeyed for many years in a path opposite the will of God. Poor decisions and a displeasing lifestyle made God seem far away and unreachable. I tried to pray, but my words bounced back to me from the ceiling.
One day, in the darkest hour of my rebellion, God reached down through the mire of disobedience and reminded me how much He loved me. He showed me a picture of what my life deserved to be if not for His undeserved Grace. When I realized the depth and breadth of Christ’s love, I knelt contritely and started my journey back home.
There were a few stumbles along the way. But when I fell, I let my heart journey to the place where Love began. He never failed to pick me up, point me in the right direction, and help me teeter a little further. With each experience, my Christian legs strengthened.
God wants us to move forward. Let us not give up when struggles knock us to the floor. Let us crawl back to that place where we heard God’s call … at the foot of the cross. There we will renew our confidence and continue on in our journey with Christ.
Have a blessed Easter!