“Then God said, “Let us make man in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.” ~Genesis 1:26-27
Last month we began discussing principles that serve as the foundation of our lives. Our hope is that these principles will not simply be “self-improvement tips” but rather the catalyst for transformation in your life. Feel free to join in our discussion, sharing your struggles and successes.
Foundation Principle 2: God’s core nature is relational.
Most of us have understood God to be an individual, either because we’ve been directly taught this or because it has been implied to us in some way. Because of this notion, we’ve accepted a false ‘individualistic’ mentality. The truth is that God is not an individual but a “family” consisting of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We can clearly see this in Genesis 1:26-27 when God creates man. In this passage, all three persons (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are equally involved in our creation. God’s core nature is therefore relational.
If our Creator is at His core relational, how does this then impact our lives? First, this principle helps explain why God deeply desires to be in relationship with us. It also shows us that God uses every circumstance to further our relationship with Him. Second, this principle gives us a model for our relationships with others. When we allow our triune God to transform our relationships, we experience the significance and purpose for which we were created. Now it’s your turn.
In what ways have you developed an individualistic mentality?
How does viewing God as relational affect your relationship with Him? With others?
What specific steps will you take this week to begin nurturing your relationship with Him and with others?
In relationship with you for the Kingdom,
The H4H Team