God Is One.
That was the overwhelming theme of Jack (3.0)'s sermon last night at theWell.
Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. (Romans 3:27-31)
but what exactly does this notion of "God is one" mean?
we had discussion at our tables last night about what it meant or could possibly mean.
while none of us exactly knew, as a group, we agreed on a few things.
1) God is united through the Trinity: the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit
2) We are called to be united as the body of Christ
3) God is one in that He is the God of everyone.
...and it turns out that we were right in all these conclusions and all in alignment with Jack (3.0)'s thoughts as well. Note Romans 3:27-31 (particularly verse 30) - God is one - and as He is one, He is unified in thought, purpose, and action.
think about this: athletes have to be unified in their lifestyle in order to perform their sport at their best.
they have to eat well, exercise, train, and rest.
they can't eat junk all the time and not exercise.
they can't ignore their coaches and skip practices.
nor can they do nothing but exercise - they must take time to rest in order to allow their bodies to recover.
it's all about unity of lifestyle for them - all centered around the goal of performing well.
God is like THE perfect athlete - every aspect of God works perfectly together to fulfill His purpose.
Actually, God IS perfect.
He does not change.
He is the same today as he was yesterday as he was ten years ago as he was ten centuries ago.
He will be the same tomorrow and next week and next century and next millenium.
God is not just an important god.
He is the MOST important god.
As a God of oneness, He loves everyone with a singular love and He treats us all the same.
what does that mean for us?
1) it means we can trust Him because He never changes
2) we should have faith in Him because Jesus died for ALL of us - not just some of us - ALL of us!
3) we should worship Him with all we have because He is THE most important thing
in regards to this last one, i am often reminded that i must be humbled in my relationship with God.
it's not about me - it's about Him.
Jack (3.0) shared a quote from Tim Keller (the author of The Reason For God) that i absolutely needed to hear - and quite frankly, i needed the gut check as well:
"Idolatry is taking good things and making them ultimate things"
idolatry is anything before God.
i struggle with this one big time.
but i am always humbled when i read books like Romans that depict God's amazing and PERFECT love for me and i'm reminded how IMPERFECT i am and how unamazing i am in comparison to the majesty of God.
we are to emulate His unity as the body of Christ.
we are to show compassion, mercy, and grace to each other just as He has done for us.
and i'll be the first to admit that i don't always do that.
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27)
i am certainly glad that God is unified in every way and perfect in every way.
but i am even more amazed that He uses someone like me who is broken in far more ways that i'd like to admit.