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Love Begets

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1
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Have you ever wondered what the Trinity—Father, Son and Spirit—were doing in eternity past? Before the galaxies, before the earthworms, before the giraffes, what was the triune God doing? C. S. Lewis would say, “In Christianity, God is not a static thing—not even a person—but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.” In other words, God—the three persons—danced around each other in self-donating, loving relationships. God lacked nothing. Within the Trinity was perfect love, goodness, relationship, and joy. So, why did God make us?

love gives

Love has a tendency to give. Boy meets girl, they start a relationship. That relationship begets a marriage.

Families grow and so on. The overflow of the triune’s love gives creation. And, at the culmination of all of creation, sitting at the top above the moon and sun, the good Niagara Falls, the good stegosaurus, was the best of all of God’s creation: humanity. Out of the goodness of the triune relationship, God made humans in his image.

He created male and female to have dominion and to rule over all of creation. We had perfect fellowship with God, and we enjoyed the figs from the trees, patting the lion on the head, and the coolness of the river on our bare feet as we walked through Eden. We also enjoyed each other. Adam and Eve, our first parents, lived without anxiety, despair, jealousy, hatred, and fear. God made the world and everything in it, and it was good.

gospel starts here

When we think about the gospel, we should train our minds to go back to the very beginning. The gospel begins with God, then humanity, then sin. We tend to bypass the first two on a race to get to the bad news. Yet, the gospel is good news. We celebrate that God created out of love, not need. We celebrate that God created out of goodness, not loneliness. We celebrate that God created out of joy, not boredom. And, we celebrate that we bear God’s image. Humanity—though separate from God, since he is creator and we are creation—still maintains the ability to do God-like things: create, love, divest of power, dance, commune with others, and so forth. Humans, in a partnership with God, rule, reign, and seek the good of the world around us. In the fabric of our humanity, God infused us with the ability to do beautiful, redemptive, and meaningful things.

We celebrate that God created out of love, not need. We celebrate that God created out of goodness, not loneliness. We celebrate that God created out of joy, not boredom. And, we celebrate that we bear God’s image.

The next time you think about the gospel or share it with someone, put on your dancing shoes and consider the Trinity orbiting in self-donating loving relationship. The gospel starts with God, and so should we.

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When you consider that God made you from an overflow of love and goodness and made you to be like him, how does this inform your self-image? How do you see yourself imaging God in your life?

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It SHOULD make me realize that I am good enough, that I am strong enough, that I am pretty enough, that I am loved enough but sadly…I still struggle with this. My self worth should be higher but I will continue to tell myself that I am a child of God. I am worthy. I am made in his likeness. I am who he says I am. I am enough.

Hearing this I can’t help but smile and think about how God doesn’t make junk. He delights in me and over my life. It makes me feel energized and encouragement. It makes me more aware of how I view myself and portray myself to others. I think I image God in how I care for others and love them. God’s image needs to portray love and compassion for others.

When I read the beautiful description above, it brings me peace at first and then suspicion. My humanity wants to deny that even God would create out of love not need, generosity not loneliness, joy not boredom because before I communed with God in meditation and prayer, I created my life out of fear. I did things out of need, fear of loneliness, and boredom. The doubting Thomas in my mind wants to attribute the same motives to God. However, however, I have felt God’s love inside of me I can shake off the doubt. Focusing on His love and wanted to emulate Christ, I can turn my will over to Him. When I surrender and ask Christ to guide me, I am aware that I am part of this perfect love. I extend this love to myself, my environment, and to others. Not perfectly, not even most of the time,…but I know it exists and that I can be part of this loving creation with the creator.

I believe that a person who believes in Christ is not supposed to be proud of themselves. We are here to try to be an example of Christ towards others around us. I believe that we are to trust Christ to lead us in our lives. We are to try to be an example of him in our lives. Hopefully, someone will come to know Christ, through the way we lead our lives.

I don’t always see the beauty in me being made in the image of God… like the devotion said, I race to the bad part. But the part about God creating out love, joy, goodness, etc… that stuck my heart. And not just for me. He created others out of the same love and goodness.

I had not considered this before. I think I had considered myself an object to serve God Enterprise God. I have not seen myself as an extension of God’s love. What a transformative thought.

It is easy to see our outward flaws when we ponder the notion that we are made in the image of God. But when we know the goodness abiding within ourselves … generosity, service, loving others, teaching and sharing wisdom … we know we bear God’s image. I love this from text above ‘We celebrate that God created out of goodness, not loneliness. We celebrate that God created out of joy, not boredom. And, we celebrate that we bear God’s image. God infused us with the ability to do beautiful, redemptive, and meaningful things.’

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