Lord's Day Liturgy

Where He Starts

We know that God’s ways are not our ways and that His thoughts are above and beyond our thoughts. We know, mostly because He told us, that we don’t know everything about how He works.

We have problems right from the start. I mean that not from the start of our creaturely condition with finite limitations, though those comparisons do explain part of our problem. What I mean is that we don’t even get where He starts.

For example, when God starts to judge, He starts with His people. Peter wrote, “For it is time for judgement to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17). We think we want judgment on sinners, but then we’re like, “Hey, don’t they need judgement more than us?” Maybe they do in terms of need, but not apparently in terms of time.

Because Christ died and rose again on the first day of the week, I think it would also be right to say that God starts our weeks with food, the milk and meat of His Word and also the bread and wine of fellowship. We don’t work and then eat, we eat and then we work. It’s gospel. God starts us with His blessing. He starts with provision and then we go out from there. Communion isn’t a reward, it’s a catalyst. The Lord’s Supper is to our week like breakfast is to our day: an important beginning.