Friday, October 10, 2008

The Triune God is a God of action.

The three persons of the Trinity are named the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and are also often referred to as the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. As persons, they are not inanimate objects, but they are beings of action. Their names identify the actions in which they are involved. The Father/Creator creates. The Son/Redeemer redeems. The Holy Spirit/Sustainer sustains, but that’s not all they do.

What I’m trying to say is that our God does not sit around on a throne in a place called heaven, although when we think of God, this is what many of us imagine. Or perhaps we imagine the physical person of Jesus like we’ve seen him in various paintings and pictures. But when we conceive of God, our first thoughts need not be what God looks like. Our first thoughts should be about what God is doing. For our God is a God of action.

God is very busy loving, healing, comforting, listening, speaking, orchestrating, providing, responding, growing, restoring, and coming to the rescue of us, God’s children. God is not static, but is tirelessly working to transform our lives and redeem the world.

It is strange then that Christians have such a hard time with change since God is in the changing business. God is into movement, forward motion. God wants humanity to grow and evolve, which means that when we resist change, we resist God.

We are all most comfortable when we are around that which is familiar. God knows that and since God loves us, God will never change too much too fast for us to handle. But God will change our lives, and God will do it by taking away and giving anew. Embrace it. The in, the out. The ebb, the flow. The new, the old. That’s how God works. That’s how God perfects our hearts in love and renews the creation.

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