Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Let There Be. . .

In the creation account listed in Genesis, there are multiple times the Lord states, "Let there be..." and then whatever He has spoken happens.  Simply by His words, the world was made.  The writer of Hebrews said it best: 

Hebrews 11:13
"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."

The Lord also said in the same passage, "Let us make man in our image, after Our likeness:" the plural giving the hint the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit, were all involved in the process of creation.  Each person of the Trinity must have had a specific role in the process.

Star Trek: The Next Generation
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It reminds me of a space show my family loved to watch when my children were younger, Star Trek, The Next Generation.  

Captain Picard would sit on his chair on the bridge as a problem would inevitably arise (or else there would be no episode, I guess.)  He would have a discussion with his second in command, Lieutenant Riker, whom he called "Number One."  A suggestion would be launched into the discussion and after some thought, and a dramatic wave of his hand, Picard would say, "Make it so."  Then the crew, or the computer  -- who had a voice but no body -- would silently move in the background to make whatever the Captain said a reality.  One rarely saw the crew at work doing these things, it just "happened."

Perhaps the dynamic between the Trinity was like that.  One spoke the words, another executed the plan and another supplied the power for the project.  However it happened, it shows a great communication, respect and inter-working between the members of the godhead.

It also teaches us a great lesson.  This is our example.  We are not to strive with each other, nor to seek our own glory in those things we do for the Lord.  The exact opposite is true.

Philippians 2:3
"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."
Let us keep that perfect example of the working together of the Trinity before us as we work alongside our fellow believers.  Let us seek to see in our own lives that esteeming "other better than" ourselves.  Let us seek to live out the description of true sacrificial love given in 1 Corinthians 13.  This is the "Let there be..." which the Lord is in the process of creating in us today.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind;
Charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things."

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