I read Oswald Chambers’ devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, pretty much every day. In the past few months I repeatedly encountered the phrase, “broken bread and poured out wine.”
This phrase is stuck in my mind and will not relent.
What does it mean to be broken bread and poured out wine?
Perhaps I think too much, but when God’s truth wants to get itself into me, it will not let me go until full comprehension is obtained.
In chewing on the phrase, “broken bread and poured out wine,” an image came to mind. There is a little Italian restaurant I absolutely love not far from my home. They have the best crusty bread on the planet.
In our Lord’s impeccable timing we met some friends at this little restaurant and the “broken bread and poured out wine” thing became crystal clear.
Here is a photo of the delicious crusty bread at Paravicinis Restaurant:
We pour olive oil and balsamic vinegar on a small plate for dipping.
There is one problem. The crust on this bread is so hard it cannot absorb the delicious olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I tried just to make sure.
The crusty bread must be broken to facilitate exposing the porously soft bread within.
Take a look at what occurs when the bread is broken:
The essence of being broken bread is to break the hard crust of our heart so we can absorb everything Christ needs us to be and desires us to comprehend in order to feed His sheep.
Brokenness is the hallmark of every disciple and disciple maker.
It is what keeps us on our knees; wholly dependent upon Him, sitting at His almighty feet perpetually learning, developing and maturing.
In the context of being disciple makers, I located this definition of being broken bread:
The process of being made broken bread and poured-out wine means that you have to be the nourishment for other souls until they learn to feed on God.
See the footnote for its source. You may be a surprised as me.
Chambers, O. (1993, c1935). My utmost for his highest : Selections for the year (February 9). Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers.