“What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not”
(1 CORINTHIANS 11:22).
In this passage, Apostle Paul offers a glimpse into how the early Church celebrated the Lord’s Supper. He expressed concerns also about unbecoming manners in the Corinthian church on how they observed ordinance. Finally, he lamented the absence of unity and solemnity in their midst. He could not commend them. Hundreds of years earlier, God had also spoken through Prophet Hosea about the lacklustre worship the nation of Israel gave Him, despite all the good He had done to them. God is not interested only in our large assemblies; more than that, He is eager to know the content and quality of our worship. To be precise, He calls for a celebration of holiness when we gather to adore His holy name.
When our religious meetings are characterised by sinful traits, then we are not different from the world. The world exhibits carnality, division and promiscuity at its convocations. But believers are called out of the world to display a higher level of spiritual comportment that befits holy gathering unto the Lord. Believers should ensure solemnity in their gatherings such as wedding, naming and burial ceremonies, as God would not brook any blemish. When we come together in the name of the Lord, we should conduct ourselves in a way that will promote unity among brethren and grateful spirit unto the Lord.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Let all things be done decently and in order.