“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing but I have called you friends. For all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)
I firmly believe that a foundational relationship in Christ should determine all of our approaches to God. Having said that, a friendship with Jesus is obviously a little more complex than an Earthly friendship. Evidence of that fact exists in the above verse, where Jesus says that friendship with Him is tied to doing what He says. Our human friendships are not based upon following orders, but upon intimacy, and out of that intimacy a trust in that person will follow. So how do we relate to the Father? We are given the answer in His word.
“In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall ask the Father for you; For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.” (John 16: 26,27)
Hitting upon the core point of these verses, I found the most basic way to relate to God; LOVE, for LOVE is relational!
So we know love is a way to relate to God, but God is more than God itself, but Jesus Christ, God’s son, and the Holy Spirit. So, how do we relate to the Holy Spirit?
“...And I ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may live with you forever, even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 16: 16-19)
I want you to see something: Jesus asked our Father to send us another Comforter. Jesus was asking for additional comfort, defining Himself as the first one. Then the Holy Spirit is defined as a person; Him. Jesus says He will not leave us without a family, and asks for God to send each of us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is apart of the God Head, thus it is the same as having Jesus with us. All of this is relational in its implications.
I could spend countless hours in unpacking the verses above, but then my point would be lost to you; how can we relate to God? Take a moment to ask yourself what it means to have a human relationship. Then consider your relationship with God, and remember that we are created in His image.
“Let Us in Our image, according to Our likeness…...So GOD created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 2:26-28)
Notice that God is spoken here as being, “US”; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We, both male and female, were made in Their exact likeness. That likeness being the essence of who we are, not the physical identity. Being created in Their exact internal and spiritual image, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, has a relatability that you cannot find in human relationships. Even in your closest most personal relationship with another person, were you ever an exact image of their very being? It has been said by the Quakers, that They are “a sweet society, within Themselves.” We were made to not only reflect God’s nature and character, but we were also made to be part of the Trinity’s inner relationship with each other. You and I may not fully understand what that means for us, but that does not negate the immense spiritual impact this truth has in our lives.
We are relational beings and it runs to the very core of our existence. The saying, “No man is an island,” could not have summed it up any better. That same saying seems to reach beyond our relationships with other people, in that we are to find true expression in our relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. At its most foundational level, being born again in His likeness, is to be restored to that place where we were originally intended to live. All our relationships should grow out of our relationship with God. The implications of this understanding are mind blowing and life altering! We do not have to wait until Heaven to see, walk, talk, or listen with God. This kind of relationship is for the present and future, and there is a eternal world of discovery waiting for the Followers of Christ as we get to know our Father, our Friend, and our Comforter .In prayer, take a moment to ask yourself these questions:
Do you honestly see yourself being in a current, and intimate relationship with the Father, Son, and Spirit?
Does this view drive your everyday existence?
Are you comfortable with approaching God as Father, Jesus as Friend, and Holy Spirit as another Comforter?
Until next time I pray, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding be flooded with light, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints…” (Ephesians 1: 17-18)
With Much Love,
Your Brother In Christ