Enjoying His Pleasure

As we come to this Table, it is natural for us to think about what we are doing. We want to understand the meaning of the sacrament, we want to reflect on it as we come, we want to have departed from all known sin, and we want to look around so that we might enjoy the fellowship of all the saints as we come, and so on. This is all good and proper.

But because it is a communion meal, because we are fellowshipping with God as we come to this Table, we also want to remember that this is a time when God is doing things. It is not as though we are active in this communion, and He is passive. No, not at all.

God is actively at work in our midst as we come to communion with Him. He is the one who knits us together in love through His Spirit. He is the one strengthens us with His grace so that we might be equipped to do the things He has assigned to us in the coming week. He is the one who teaches us to taste His goodness in a way that grows over time. God is at work. This is His sacrament, and we partake of it by grace.

This is one of the places where God works into you the things that He expects you to work out. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, it says in Philippians, for God is a work in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. This is one of the places where God is working His good pleasure into you, and it is here that you are permitted to enjoy that pleasure, resolving with gladness to work it out.

So come, and welcome, to Jesus Christ.