Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bread and Fish

Eucharistia - an active grateful language to God as an act of worship

Eucharistia in Action
Jesus had been talking to large groups of people but as the sun went down and it began to get dark, the disciples told Jesus to send the crowds away so they could get food. Jesus responded, "They don't have to go anywhere. You feed them." The disciples were a bit incredulous because they only had five loaves of bread and two fish...not even enough to feed themselves. Jesus probably sighed and said, "Bring what you have to me." He picked up the basket of food and thanked His Father for it. He didn't complain that there wasn't enough. He didn't remind God that there were A LOT of people waiting to eat, He didn't make suggestions. He simply said, "Thank you."

This is the part I love:
"He gave them [the food] to the disciples and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of pieces that were left over."

When Jesus spoke the language of eucharistea, God responded by not only satisfying, His blessings overflowed. It makes me once again look at the language I speak. It stirs in my heart the desire to speak eucharistea fluently, something I will only be able to do with practice.

Practice is hard. I must hammer out the rusty nails and replace with new. Still hanging on to that analogy. Actively speaking gratitude is worship that is right and pleasing to my Lord. Hebrews 12:28 says, "Be thankful and so worship God acceptably."

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