Two Types Of Brothers Coming To The Lord’s Table
The Well-Behaved Brother
For example, two brothers may come to the Lord’s table. One of them is a well-behaved, good brother. Before he comes to the meeting, he examines himself to see if he has offended anyone or if he has committed any sin.
After he sits down in the meeting hall, he behaves properly and strictly. When others sing, he sings along; when others pray, he says Amen; when the bread is passed to him, he takes a piece; when the cup is passed to him, he drinks a little. He also praises the Lord and worships the Father. However, there is not a bit of change in him. When he leaves, he is the same as when he came in.
The Naughty Brother
However, it may not be so with the other brother. This second brother may be one who is usually quite naughty and mischievous, and he may have had a big quarrel with somebody the previous day.
However, when he comes to break the bread, he touches the Spirit, and he opens himself completely. He does not care for praising or not praising, but he once again simply receives the Lord at the Lord’s table. When he receives the Lord, his whole being turns, and he shouts, “Hallelujah!” At that moment he is soaring to the clouds.
There is no need for you to talk to him about sins or about the things on earth. There is no dust in the clouds. If you tell him not to lose his temper with others, you bring him down from the cloud. Once he opens up from within and receives the Lord, he soars to the skies.
A “Crawling Insect”
On the other hand, the well-behaved brother is like a crawling insect on earth; he is still climbing the mountain. This is the difference between one who enjoys Christ and one who does not.
Forgive me for saying this. Some among you may have been coming to the Lord’s table meeting every Lord’s Day for eighteen years already, and you are still a well-behaved “crawling insect.”
You have been a Christian for eighteen years and have always behaved properly. Your wife says that you are very good, and your friends say that you are good-natured. No one criticizes you, yet you remain a crawling insect on earth. Everyone falls, but you never fall. You just keep crawling, slowly and steadily.
Comes To Touch The Lord; Like A 747 Jumbo Jet Stopping To Refuel
Someone may have been naughty before, yet in one of the meetings he touches the Lord. After he has touched the Lord, he comes again the next Lord’s Day to touch the Lord. He does not come to receive the so-called holy communion or to behave himself or to worship the Father. He comes simply to touch the Lord.
He is like a 747 jumbo jet stopping to refuel when the fuel runs low. The Lord’s table is his refueling station. After being fueled up, this brother can run for another week, and then he returns the next week to refuel.
Therefore, to come to the Lord’s table is to come to a feast, and it is also to come to refuel. It is not a matter of receiving outward teachings, outward corrections, or outward exhortations; instead, it is a matter of meeting the Lord inwardly.
Thus, our meeting does not need any regulation. What is the use of regulations? What is their value? It is good enough to touch the Lord within. As long as we are fueled up within, it is not a matter of whether we behave or we do not behave; whether we shout, roll on the floor, or jump, everything will be all right.