Unwelcome Table

But I was told I was too young

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Reference: “So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭11:33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: When I was young I grew up in a church that was very protective of the Lord’s Supper. You had to be approved by the elders before you could join in the ritual.

You also had to have done your Profession of Faith. This was when, after doing some Christian study classes, you stood before the church to declare your commitment to God.

All throughout my primary school I loved God and would watch on as everyone else participated in the Lord’s Supper. When I entered secondary school I felt ready to be involved.

But I was told I was too young to do my Profession of Faith and, therefore, not welcome at the table. Even as a teenager I felt this was wrong and struggled with not being able to join in when I loved God so much.

I look back today and agree with my young self and admire that I was so committed to my faith, even at a young age.

Application: It’s good to put important emphasis on certain parts of our worship, but we need to be careful we are not excluding others.

When the Corinthians were celebrating the Lord’s Supper it seems they were not thinking of others and people were missing out on this part of worship.

Isn’t it ironic that the ritual where we remember Jesus’ sacrificial act ended up being a time of selfishness and thoughtlessness of the people!

Rituals are good and healthy, but we always need to be aware of who is around us in worship and how we can include rather than exclude. Never did Jesus send people away from Him and neither should we.

Prayer: Lord, forgive us when we put our own needs before others. Help us to always lean towards inclusion rather than exclusion when it comes to drawing others closer to You. Amen.

How have you felt excluded?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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