They Broke Bread

Lou Lotz

READ : Acts 2:43-47

They broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts. (v. 46)

It is the first recorded instance of a church potluck supper: “They broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts.” This may not sound like a big deal. But remember that the early church included Jews and Gentiles, age-old adversaries who ordinarily would have nothing to do with one another. And now Jews and Gentiles were breaking bread together? This was unheard of.

Believers still break bread together, and drink of the cup. This, too, is remarkable.

Today, as in Bible times, not all believers are best of friends. There are people whom you do not normally associate with, people who have offended you, perhaps, or spoken unkindly of you. Yet we gather around the same Lord’s table, partake of the same food. This means that, if only for a moment, we’ve thought about how shameful it is that we who have been forgiven so much should be so unforgiving to others. It means that, if only for a moment, the brokenness of our relationships with one another is mended by our relationship with him who was broken for us. A moment – that’s not a long time. But it’s a start.

PRAYER

Father, help me to love as I am loved, and forgive as I am forgiven, through Jesus Christ my Lord.