Trinity and the Relational Community of the Church
“I’m just like you!”
My sweet two-year-old’s words echo in my head and a smile freely breaks across my face. We were at Target and I had picked out a new t-shirt. Throwing it over her head, she pulled my shirt on and happily exclaimed “Look! I’m just like you!”
Many children find pride in mimicking their parents, wearing their clothes and shoes, mocking their voice and words, and as parents our hearts swell with love for them. This is a mirror of how we are the apple of God’s eye. He finds pleasure in us when we desire to be more like Him. One hang-up that we encounter is that we find ourselves comparing ourselves to each other instead of valuing ourselves in view of how God has made us. That is when we can get caught up in this attitude that says, “I’m not as amazing as so-and-so, so I’m not useful to the body.”
Do any of these resonate with you?
- “I’m awkward and don’t fit in because Dave over there is better at conversation than me.”
- “I’m useless to the body because I can’t quote scripture as well as Shelley can.”
- “God can’t use me because I’m not as good as…”
This list of self-disgust or frustration can flow on and on throughout our days if we are constantly looking at others as our measure of usefulness and success. 1 Corinthians 12:15-16 says it like this:
“Because I am not a hand, I don’t belong.
Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong.”
This strides beyond our culture’s cry of “self-acceptance” and into the territory of idolatry. We cannot worship the image of anyone’s success, beauty, acceptance, cleverness, intelligence, or the like, in an effort to be like someone else.
God has crafted us to fit a certain place within the body. Our gifts, talents, and the longings of our heart all point to a creative and wise Trinity who—imaging Himself—designed us to be one member of a very diverse whole. Without the role we play, the place we fit, and the needs we specifically meet, the body isn’t whole. If we try to copy someone else, neglecting or even refusing to be the person that the Triune God is shaping us to be, the body of Christ will lack .
This week, let us dive further into our relationships and explore who God has made us to be, allowing God and others to refine us into a unique, useful part of the body.