“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Ac 2:42).
In the early church, “breaking of bread” signified two things. Sometimes the term was used in reference to believers’ shared meals followed by the Lord’s Supper, known as “love feasts” (agapai) as in Luke 24:35. It also sometimes strictly referred to the Lord’s Supper (see Luke 22:19). Apparently, the early church tended to flow seamlessly from ordinary meals into Holy Communion. In spite of the temptation to abuse the holy rite (see 1 Cor. 11:20), we can learn something from our predecessors. The Holy Spirit’s presence and power among the saints births an awareness of the sacred in simple meals. The natural and the supernatural begin to interact. The spiritual and the material interrelate. The ordinary carries the extraordinary. The Redemption Story becomes an integral part of our story. Our history becomes His Story. Heaven and earth are in sync. The love of Christ pervades everything we do. Let that be your portion today!