Each Meal Is an Opportunity

Our fast-food society must rediscover the value of the covenant meal. Whereas many people think that each meal is all about the food, generations of our ancestors understood that meals were opportunities to enjoy and build relationships.

Certainly ancient Jewish families understood the value of eating together. Paul wrote a letter to the church in Corinth, reminding them to not lose sight of the true value of the covenant meal.

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭11‬:‭26‬ ESV)

Although these words certainly relate to our current practices of communion, Paul’s point was also that believers not just think of the food, but honor their relationships.

Here are three ways to make the most of your meals:

1. Enjoy more meals with your family! Sit around the table, turn the TV and phones off, and engage in positive conversation. You will be amazed at the results!

2. Invite someone to eat with you. When you’re at school or work, find ways to bridge relationships with others you don’t know very well. Relationships are sparked by intentional acts of kindness.

3. When you are eating alone, take advantage of the opportunity to fellowship with Jesus. Pause to pray for your food and for others around you, read your Bible, be aware of God’s presence.

Meals should not only be good for your body, they should be good for your soul.

Thank You for reminding me of the value of covenant relationships. Help me to enjoy them!

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