Posted by: Brian Musser | April 23, 2014

God Works in Community

Work-Ship – Week Two:  The Father At Work – Day Fourteen:  God Works Together

Last week we came to the conclusion that our definition of work must be based on God’s work.  If we are going to figure out what work is, how we are supposed to work and the proper place work should have in our lives it must be rooted in the way God works.  So we are going to spend a significant amount of time over the next several weeks looking at the work of God.  To organize this conversation about the work of God we are going to explore God’s work through the lens of the Trinity.

  • Week Two – The Father at Work
  • Week Three – The Son at Work
  • Week Four – The Spirit at Work

Yesterday, we saw that God designed His work to be dependent upon us.  God built within the very fabric of His creation the need for humanity.  You may wonder why.  One of the obvious answers to this “why” question is the very nature of God.  God always works in community.  Although, this week we have been mostly talking about God the Father creatively and sustentatively working but God the Father’s work was never done in isolation.  The Son and the Spirit were intimately involved.  The Trinity always works together.  So the very nature of the Trinity was being expressed when He invited humanity to work with Him in creation.

Genesis 1:1-3 (NIV)

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

You might see this as a bit of a stretch but in the first three verse of the Bible you have God, the Spirit of God and the Word (voice) of God present in the act of Creation.

Genesis 1:26 (NIV)

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Here we see God referring to Himself as an us when making humanity (male and female) in the image of God.

Colossians 1:16-17 (NIV)

16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

In Colossians, Paul credits Christ with participation in creating and sustaining the world.

John 5:19 (NIV) Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.

And as we saw last week in Jesus words from John 5.  The Son does nothing without the Father being involved in it.

God works in community.  God designed us to work in His image.  If God works through the Trinity being involved in all aspects of each other’s work.  What does that say about how we should work?  Do you enjoy working with others?  What was the best group you remember working with?  Has God’s image ever shone through you as you worked in a group?  Have you ever seen God’s image on display through the whole group?

 

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