This is how you are to eat it: with . . . your sandals on your feet. (Ex. 12:11)

This summer I ran my first marathon. During the “long run” training days, I learned the value of refueling during the run. I would stash Clif bars and Gatorade at various mileage points, hidden under long grass at the side of the road. Those snacks made all the difference in helping my body continue for another ten or fifteen miles.

When we celebrate Communion, we often do it with a focus on remembering Christ. This is good, because that’s what he told us to do. But we often neglect the future, while looking at the past. The Lord’s Supper is a fountain of grace for our thirsty souls. It is spiritual revitalization and energy for life’s journey. For whenever Christ calls us to himself, he inevitably sends us out on his mission in the world.

The Hebrews ate their first Passover in Egypt with their running shoes on their feet. They knew God was about to move, and they had a lot of miles ahead of them. Just like those former slaves, we too have been rescued from our slavery to sin and Satan. This salvation is accomplished by Christ’s body, broken for us, and his blood shed for us. But like the Hebrews, we too have an immediate call and commissioning ahead of us, so the next time you take communion, make sure you’re wearing your running shoes!

Be sure to receive Communion when your church offers it.

Jarod Osborne is lead pastor of Pathway Church, in Warsaw, Indiana. He is the author of Jaded Faith (WPH).

© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.