It was a spring evening in 1987. Our church, First Baptist of Odessa, was observing the Lord’s Supper in a Sunday evening worship service.
At that time you would not have been described me as, “deeply committed.” I was active in church. I taught youth Sunday School and served on a committee. I attended worship services most Sunday mornings. I was an active church member but I lacked true commitment to Christ.
As the service concluded our pastor gave the usual invitation. The first stanza of a fairly brief hymn began and a young boy stepped away from his family to make his way to the front of the church. The music ended and our pastor drew the invitation to a close. That young boy was midway between his parents and the front of the church.
The angst of the moment set in. The boy was in “no-man’s land,” halfway between his family and the pastor. I thought he would turn around. Instead, he pressed forward.
Our pastor had started to make an announcement when he saw the lad. He stopped the announcement and said, “Oh, sing another stanza!” A few minutes later the young man was introduced. He had decided to declare his personal faith and trust in Jesus.
At that very moment I heard from God. There was no need for an audible voice, for the “still, small voice of God” was loud enough for me to hear a personal challenge. God said to me, “That boy will stand for me. Why won’t you?”
That evening was a defining moment in my life. I committed myself to Christ with a renewed resolution to follow Jesus fully. Eighteen months later my family journeyed to Fort Worth to attend seminary, beginning what is now almost thirty years of ministry.
Prior to that day the Lord’s Supper held little meaning for my life. Since that day it has served as a regular reminder of all that Jesus did for me. Each time we have shared the bread and cup together I have renewed my personal commitment to follow Jesus.
This Sunday morning we will observe the Lord’s Supper in morning worship. I hope you will follow the lead of that young boy and contemplate all that Jesus did out of his immeasurable love for you. I pray your experience will be similar to my own.
The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NIV