“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.
Now remain in my love.”
– John 15:9 –
This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, which, unlike other annual celebrations in the life of the Church, is the celebration of a theological reality rather than a specific event. On Trinity Sunday, we celebrate the revelation and the mystery that while there is only one true God, perfect and undivided in will and essence and holiness, the one true God is three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
In one way or another, everyone gets tripped up by what seems like the puzzle of the Trinity. How can God be both one and three at the same time? The thing to remember is that God is not a puzzle to try and solve. God is a relationship that we have been invited to experience and to be a part of.
In fact, we have been made for this relationship. We have been made and shaped by God to be in relationship with Him, and as we grow in our relationship with God all kinds of amazing things happen in our lives and in the world through us. In John chapter 15, Jesus calls this “bearing fruit”.
This “bearing fruit” happens because God has made and shaped each one of us to be a unique conduit for his love and grace and life-giving power in the world. Being in a growing and life-giving relationship with God, therefore, isn’t just good for us. It’s good for everyone around us because God has made each of us to be a blessing to the world. The more we come to appreciate how God has shaped us, the more we will grow in our relationship with him and the better equipped we will be to bless others.
Last Sunday we started a journey of exploring how God has shaped us by adopting the acrostic SHAPE, created over 20 years ago by pastor Rick Warren. SHAPE stands for: Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, & Experience.
This Sunday, we are going to look at the first of these aspects of our SHAPE, our Spiritual Gifts. It’s my hope that the more we learn more about the spiritual gifts that God gives us, the deeper our relationship with him will become and the readier we will be to bless others. I hope you can join us as we learn more about how God has shaped us and wants to bless us together.
Rev. David Turner+