Today finds Norma Jean and me in Fayetteville, Tennessee, where I’m preaching in a meeting this week. It will be my first time to be with this church. And we’re looking forward to meeting the brethren, making new friends and worshiping together.
We are considering the theme “Experiencing Intimacy With God.” It’s an emphasis on our relationship with God. What it means. Why it’s important. How it’s achieved. And the barriers that can inhibit that relationship.
One of the great blessings of a relationship with God is the relationships we share with like-minded Believers. Today we will participate with these brethren in partaking of the Lord’s Supper. We call it communion. It reminds me of Paul’s observation in 1Corinthians 10:16-17. “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.”
We enjoy a oneness of relationship. Of heart. Of soul. Of spiritual aspirations. And what is really neat and unique is how we can journey to various places around the country, and even the world, and share this same oneness. But it is because we all enjoy a relationship with God.
This day and this series of lessons reminds me that life is all about relationships. With our loved ones. With our brethren. But most of all with our Lord.
God help me to draw closer to you. To hunger for you. To rely completely on you. And to experience that divine relationship that you have ordained.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman