Broken Bread

Michael Beck

“And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24)

The Father wants us to remember the life and death of His Son. But He also wants to duplicate His life in us. Paul counted all things loss in order to discover conformity to the death of Christ. Such a pursuit is not one that suits our natural inclinations. It is much easier to eat a communion host than to also become “broken bread.”

Our vision of good is a life of desires fulfilled and dreams come true. Our best life is one of ever-increasing addition. We not only want more, but we want what we’ve gained to remain intact. Brokenness and subtraction are not part of the picture. Losing is for losers.

God has called us into the fellowship of His Son. Jesus told His disciples that they were not above Him. They were not to seek a life different than His. They were to follow in His footsteps.

We are not to know our Lord from afar. His experience should not be something we intellectually contemplate. Conformity to Him requires us to be broken. Bad situations can produce a good brokenness. The harshest of environments can enable us to increase and abound.

We are the beneficiaries of the broken body of Christ. His death gave us life. Our lives can be food for others as well. “The lips of the righteous feed many …” (Proverbs 10:21) Partake of the sufferings of Christ. Partake also of His consolations. The world doesn’t need any more religion. They need the witness of those who blossom and flourish under a blistering sun.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.