weekly theme #30*
week containing the first Sunday after Pentecost
I struggle to write anything about the Trinity. I find the relationship among Father, Son, and Holy Ghost difficult to grasp, yet I have no trouble believing in a singular God who is manifest in different ways. Perhaps it’s not as important that I understand their relationship with each other as it is that I embrace their relationship with me and other believers.
Jesus describes his relationship with Father in the fifth chapter of John as “being one”. In the seventeenth chapter, Jesus prays that his followers would share that closeness with him and with each other. The path to this unity is through a new way of new way of thinking for me, accompanied by surrender. Rather than thinking of freedom as me being in control of myself, I can think of freedom as not needing to be in control because God is in control. I surrender the burden of control because I’m in unity with the One in control. I am still responsible to take action in obedience to God, but I’m not responsible for the results of my obedience.
As I said, I can’t explain the unity of the Triune God, and my experience of living that unity among other believers has been infrequent, localized, and temporary. However, the foundational step in that direction is me living in harmony with the Holy Spirit. If I, as a member of the Body, submit to Christ the Head, it will allow me to be and do exactly what the Body needs. Unity among the Body begins with my unity with God.
*A Guide To Prayer by Job and Shawchuck provided the scripture references and readings that inspired these reflections. I found this devotional to be the most heart changing of any I’ve used. It truly lives up to its title.