The small meal we consume each Sunday is our collective act of remembrance of the saving acts of God – namely, the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “Do this in remembrance of me,” Jesus said (1 Corinthians 11:24-25).
The Israelites had their sacred feasts, and they were no different than ours. They were not to forget what God had done for them – “that all the days of your life you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt.” And so they took their unleavened bread, and they journeyed to Jerusalem as a people. They remembered what God had done for them.
And it’s not just that we remember. To remember doesn’t mean much unless it is accompanied by commitment. In taking the bread and the cup, we are committing to living our lives as people who have been redeemed. This sacrifice of Jesus Christ – this new exodus – means everything to us, and we leave no stone unturned in our efforts to honor God.
Ultimately, we are grateful. We demonstrate this by obedience to him. When we consider our own “freewill offerings” to God, we ought to think first about exactly how God has blessed us. And we give to him from that. This also requires an act of the memory.
We give according to how we discover that he has blessed us. Certainly, as we remember God’s many blessings to us – all the way to the gift of eternal life – we can be overcome with the need to give. How and where do we even start?
This is where true discipleship begins to gain momentum. At this point, we are beginning a journey that can take us to places we never thought we’d go. To give generously and to feel like it’s such a small thing in comparison to God’s great grace is to live the way of Christ (1 John 3:16).