I spoke at a conference recently during which they had a special communion service.
A sweet young lady and her friend were finishing up filling the communion trays when my host and I walked into the kitchen.
When she saw us she asked (as she was holding up the excess grape juice), “Anyone want free communion?”
We said “No thanks” and continued on through the kitchen, but as I walked out of that kitchen I thought to myself, “Yes, there are a probably a bunch of people who would love free communion and I’m glad Jesus wasn’t one of them.”
Communion represents the body and blood of Jesus Christ and the sacrifice that bought our salvation.
Jesus paid a high price for our salvation and I’m glad he did.
Salvation is free–to us–but discipleship is costly. Are we willing to pay the price to maintain a life of intimate and faithful communion with Christ?
There seems to be a lot of people who want communion with Jesus without the cost–without having to pay a price for following Jesus. They want a type of Christianity that doesn’t keep them from doing what they want to do, when they want to do it. They want a type of Christianity that doesn’t require too much of them. They want a type of Christianity that doesn’t cost them too much.
A lot of people seem to want Christianity without the cross, salvation without sacrifice, and life without loss but that’s not how it works.
There is no free communion with Christ. It costs somebody something.
It costs us our time, our agendas, our attention, our will, our stuff, and ultimately our lives.
Jesus said it this way in Matthew 16:24, 25,”If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”
True communion with us cost Jesus his life. It wasn’t free.
True communion with him will cost us our lives, too. It’s not free.
Yes, there may be a lot of people who want free communion, but I’m thankful that Jesus wasn’t one of them.