Who are you surrounding yourself with? Look at your three closest friends, and you’ll get a picture of who you are likely becoming. Do they look like Jesus? Do they reflect the heart of the Father? Do they help stir up your passion for the gospel? We all have a deep need to love and be loved in return. Simply stated: we need each other. But did you know that our desire to be in healthy community is actually one of the ways we reflect the image of God?
In the poem of creation, we hear God say, “’Let us make man in our image, in our likeness’… So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.” (Gen. 1:26a, 27)
Who is this “us” God is talking about? Well, we worship a triune God- that is, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is displayed throughout the scriptures showing that the God of the Universe exists in three distinct persons. No single one is any more or any less God. In fact, as they exist together in community, they help bring into focus who God really is and how He wants to relate to us. But it doesn’t stop there. Since we were made in His image, it also tells us how He intends for us relate to one another.
Jesus’ baptism gives us a picture of how the Trinity relates and delights in one another. As we study the dynamic of the community of the Trinity, we find clues about how we can live full and fulfilling lives here and now.
First, God is love. Throughout eternity, the Father has always loved the Son. So now we find life by loving and celebrating others- before they give us reason, even when they don’t deserve it. In the same way, when we choose to love freely without making people earn it, we come alive in our divine purpose.