“Three Persons. One God.” by Brian Flanagan

Most Holy Trinity

Three persons.  One God.  Not confusing at all, right?  And you’ve probably heard of having a personal relationship with God before.  But what if I told you that you should have three personal relationships with God?  Before you call the math police on me, hear me out.  

When you picture God, what comes to mind?  Maybe you think of God the Father, with a long white beard creating the hippos and giraffes while Adam was taking notes on his iPad.  Or maybe you picture Jesus teaching or preaching or healing people.  You might even think about the Holy Spirit as a dove, a mighty rushing wind, or a raging fire.  We should always be working on our relationships with God the Father, with God the Son, and with God the Holy Spirit.  But what on earth does that look like?

Let’s start with God the Father.  One of the main things that Jesus taught us was that God is Father to us.  He even used the word “Abba” which means “Daddy”.  This was a new way of thinking about God for those people listening to Jesus.  He’s not a distant creator who set things in motion and then just observes from a lawn chair, with a bucket of lightning bolts at the ready.  He created us out of love and like a good earthly father, our heavenly Father provides for us, protects us, teaches us, disciplines us, and delights in us just for being his.  If those aspects of who God is don’t come to mind when you think of him, spend some time reflecting on your relationship with God the Father this week.

Then there’s God the Son.  I would guess that for most Christians, Jesus is the easiest Person of the Trinity to have a close friendship with.  And that’s exactly the point; Jesus is the image of the invisible God; he’s God become man.  It doesn’t get more concrete than that.  So much more than an insightful moral teacher, Jesus himself is the Way, the Truth, and the Life for us.  He opened the gates of heaven for us by his death and resurrection, that we might share eternal life with him.  He’s the Lord of our lives, and we can put our trust in him.  So this week, think about your friendship with Jesus and whether or not that can use some work.

And lastly, God the Holy Spirit.  If you want to live out your faith every day, you need the Holy Spirit to do that.  The Spirit can point things out to us throughout the day, and we can follow his promptings.  Maybe we notice a person sitting alone at the lunch table and we’re inspired to go over and talk to them.  That’s the Holy Spirit.  Maybe we see that person, chicken out, and then feel like we blew a chance to show them God’s love.  That’s also the Holy Spirit, working with our conscience to convict us of what we can do better.  The Spirit dwells within us, leading and guiding us.

Can’t I just pray to God without making a distinction, you ask?  Sure! – and in a sense you can’t really pray to one and not the others anyway.  But if we want the closest relationship with God possible, we need to grow closer to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Three Persons.  One God. 

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