As I have navigated through many stages of life, one thing continually resonates in the lives of people I talk to, and it is such a powerful force that many sacrifice their convictions in hopes of satisfying those deep desires…Relationship! Relationship comes in many different shapes and sizes. Our relationship with a spouse looks different than a relationship with our kids. Relationships with co-workers are different from family members. Relationships with the clerk at the gas station take a different form than that of our best of friends. Regardless of which relationship you are considering, it is apparent that we were designed to be in relationship!
When God designed us, He did so by creating us in His image.
Genesis 1:26 – Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
In that statement from God, something very profound occurs! It starts by saying God said (singular) and then He said, Let us (plural) make man…woven into the very core of His creation of man was this idea of God being in relationship – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – yet being one God. There has been much confusion and controversy over the idea of the Trinity, and many doctrinal statements have been made that have so many people scratching their heads or totally discounting the idea of a three in one God. But, God didn’t build His word to confuse us! He gave it to us to liberate us!
I truly believe that this “contradiction” in verse 26 (“God” and then “us”) is really quite uncomplicated. Simply put, God is relational and He designed us in His image to be relational as well!
His plan is to be in relationship with us as we journey through this life building our relationship with Him as well as with those God has placed in our lives. Yet, as we develop relationships with those around us, our primary relationship with God has to take first place in our heart and soul! When we place God in His rightful place in our lives (first place), the other relationships we are engaged in just seem to work themselves out. Having a Kingdom worldview keeps this life in perspective and focuses our heart on relationships. Nothing in this world matters more than our relationship with God and our relationships with others!