October 22, 2021
The Unifying Work of the Trinity
By Skip Heitzig
How much of God is enough for you? Have you ever reached a point in your life where you've thought, That's enough—I don't need to learn any more about God? Sadly, I've seen this thinking play out in the lives of believers, especially when it comes to the doctrine of the Trinity. Many Christians see the Father as distant and aloof, Christ as somewhere in the middle, and the Holy Spirit as some vague force that pops up in creeds and blessings.
But your relationship with the triune God doesn't have to be like that. Granted, the Trinity is hard if not impossible to understand, and you won't be able to fully wrap your mind around how it works. But you can learn a lot about God by studying the three persons of the Godhead and how they interact. When it comes to valuing God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are you satisfied with what you know, or do you want more?
Maybe it helps to think of it this way: rather than try to fully understand the Trinity, simply try to enjoy it. Each person in the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—does God's work, and they all work together. Think of the Father as the architect who planned and thought of creation and redemption and how you would fit in it. Consider the Son as the builder, the one who spoke the sun, moon, stars, trees, mountains, and people into existence. And look at the Spirit as the project manager, the one who ensures that the whole project is being carried out successfully.
A key part of that project is your salvation. The Bible says the Father chose you, the Son came to earth to redeem you, and the Spirit lives in you and helps you become more like Jesus. "God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:2, NLT).
Here's the practical takeaway when it comes to the Trinity: the foundation of Christian community is not humanity—it's God Himself. The ultimate reason we should mend broken relationships, forgive others, and seek to build true community in our families and churches is because of the unity and love we see in the Trinity.
Part of Jesus' prayer for us was that we "all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us" (John 17:21). He wants you to be unified with God through Himself so that you can take that love and unity into your relationships with other people. Are you taking part in that unifying work today?
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