Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Fellowship of the Trinity

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

19th June 2011

God, who is three, is one in substance and fellowship. But what does this mean for our lives?

Though we do not and cannot share in God's substance, God created us to share in his triune fellowship. Indeed, this sharing in the love and life of the Trinity is the essence of human life.

Although we remain creatures and thus remain lower than God, we at the same time are made to share in the fellowship and love that have existed from all eternity between the persons of the Trinity.

This God who shares such fellowship within himself offers his very self to us in this way, and he is the centre of life as it is meant to be.

But there is a problem: Though we are created in the image of God (the capacity to share in the Triune fellowship), that image was terribly distorted in The Fall, causing us to break fellowship with God.

This fellowship can't be restored through our own effort.

But, thank God, there is a solution: Jesus restored the perfection of God's image to humanity through his own continuing, perfect humanity. And through the Holy Spirit, he is sharing his humanity with us; a humanity that is in full fellowship with God.

In Jesus, human fellowship with God is restored.

This means that our significance does not ultimately lie in what we accomplish or what we do; it lies in the one to whom we belong. We already possess a significance greater than that of any other created beings, simply by virtue of being made in the image of God. We belong to him.

Can you imagine the difference in our lives now if we lived knowing that God loves us, accepts us and has included us in his own triune love and life?

This should give an internal peace unlike what the world offers. Jesus' peace gives us a radically new perspective toward the stresses of life. God does not always calm the storms, but he calms his children; they are never alone.

As we share the Triune life, self-centeredness makes way for us to share in God's own sacrificial love. This understanding should dramatically change our attitudes toward relationships in the home, school, church and world. In Christ, we are free to love with his own love for others.

We experience this significance, peace, and sacrificial love as we participate in the Triune life.

But, restoring us to share in the Son's relationship to the Father is not something we can accomplish; it is something that must be done for us by God.

And thank God that he does it for us, in and through his Son Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Through this grace, we are given to share in the fellowship of the Father, Son and Spirit; and in their fellowship with all humanity.

Have a good week participating in the fellowship of the Trinity.

Pastor Barry

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