Playing Nicely in the Sandbox

God from true God, and
Light from Light eternal,
born of a virgin, to earth he comes!
Only-begotten Son of God the Father

O Come, All Ye Faithful, verse 2

This verse may sound familiar: they hark back to the oft-recited Nicene Creed and incredibly similar Apostles Creed, two staples in many “traditional” Christian church services.  The former is a bit longer than the latter and has some additional theology (what we believe about God) in it.  It’s that difference that we find here in these lyrics: the establishment of Jesus and God as one. 

The Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is incredibly essential to the beliefs we maintain as Christians: if Jesus was not one with the Father, inseparable as light is from light, then that would make Him a lesser God…but then our roots in monotheism (the belief of one God as opposed to many Gods as the Egyptians believed in, for example) would become uprooted, and Jesus becomes a “lesser” God than his father.  No.  Jesus and God are one, along with the Holy Spirit.  They have existed in perfect harmony with one another since before creation. They exist in perfect peace in relationship to one another.

Going even further back than the Creation accounts in Genesis, we see that the first true example of us living in community is exemplified in the Triune God, Himself.  We were made in His image and once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit lives in us, too.  As such, within ourselves and within the Trinity, we have a microcosm of living in community with others.

God never asks us to do something which He didn’t already do Himself and which He didn’t already craft a way for achieving.  Let Him be the prime exemplar of how we should peacefully exist and interact with others today.

Scripture References

Ephesians 4:2-3; Romans 12:16-18

Action Step

Today, in prayer, ask God to reveal where you could benefit from greater community in your life.  Is it within your marriage?  With parents or grandparents? In your church? Once revealed, commit to taking a step toward community in that area before the day is done.  

Accompanying Playlist

All hymns referenced throughout the series found in one spot. Some versions are traditional. Others…not so much. Enjoy!

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