Posted by: Brian Musser | May 12, 2014

Working in God’s Community

Work-Ship – Week Five:  Humanity as Workers – Day Thirty-Three:  Working in God’s Community

God has created and commanded us to be workers.  God has also designed us to be able to work and place us in a context that enables us to work.  We are able to work.  We are challenged to work.  We are designed to work.  We have the resources within and around us in order to work.  And we have a God given community in which to work with.

We learned earlier that God works.  God’s image can shine through us as we work like God works.  We also saw that God works in community.  The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all intimately involved in each other’s business.  The Father, Son and Holy Spirit work alongside each other.  We know that God created humanity in God’s image both male and female.  As we work in the image of a God that works in community so we should also work in community.  As the Father works with the Son and the Holy Spirit so should humanity work with each other.  We are made to work together.  We are made to work within our God given community.

Genesis 2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” now makes perfect sense.  The God of the universe who is a trinity and works in a trinity creates man in God’s own image to work as God works.  Man working by himself is missing a vital piece of the image of God.  When we work alone we look less like God than when we work together.

Genesis 2: 20 – 24 … But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Because humanity was created to bear the image of a God who exists as a Trinity then God provides man with woman.  Man alone does not bear the image of God as well as man with woman does.  It is interesting to note that woman is formed to be a suitable helper.  Woman is given to man in the context of being a helper.  So many times we think of relationships as romantic or friendly or familial but the first was given in the context of a helper.  Immediately Adam transitions the helper to a deep and meaningful relationship but it interesting to note that it started because he did not have enough help.

Not only did providing Adam with Eve create a marriage relationship and a partnership but it also provided the ability to create a community.  Out of Adam and Eve comes the entirety of humanity.  Every work group derives it’s existence from the original gift of a helper.  God has given us the ability to partner and form communities.  When we work in groups we are working in a community that God has made possible.  We work together because God wants us to.

Have you ever been part of a work group that just “clicked?”  Have you ever been part of group that accomplished more together than possible if you were separate?  This idea has been developed into the concept of synergy.   We get more done together than we can apart.  This is part of God’s design for our lives.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 

Have you ever thought about the idea of synergy through the lens of the Trinity?  If God works with each member of the trinity being involved, if God is defined best by a a community of three persons in one essence then wouldn’t it makes sense that those created in the image of God be able to do more together than apart?  The next time you are working in the group think about how that can be translated into a picture of the Trinity.

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