THE LOST ARE FOUND / THE FOUND ARE FREED / THE FREED ARE CONNECTED / THE CONNECTED ARE COMMISSIONED
16th May // Connected – Day 16 // Connection is in God’s Character
Reading – John 10:30 / 17:21
There is a beautiful story told of a five year old boy who was asked to give a blood transfusion to his little sister Lisa. He had miraculously survived the same disease several years earlier and had consequentially developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. As a result his blood would effectively save his sister. The doctor explained the situation and asked him to help. He hesitated for a brief moment, took a deep breath and then said, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save Lisa.”
As the transfusion progressed the boy lay in bed next to his sister and smiled seeing the colour returning to her cheeks. However after a short time his face grew pale and his smile faded. With some concern he peered up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?” The boy had misunderstood what the doctor had meant; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all his blood, resulting in the loss of his own life.
What incredible courage this young boy showed in order to give life to his sister. He did not want her to die but live, and was prepared to do something of great personal sacrifice to make it possible. The reality for each of is this: Jesus Christ, with great personal sacrifice, died lovingly for our sin, to open up everlasting, ever present, ever awesome connection with God.
There is perfect holy union in the Godhead, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit dwell in complete harmony and oneness. There is great love, great respect and fullness at all times between the trinity. Through Jesus giving His blood for us on the cross, we are welcomed into that union of being one with God. It’s totally mind blowing to grasp!
Here’s the challenge: just as we have been welcomed into relationship with a perfect Godhead, we are also called to connect with one another, love one another, put others before ourselves and look out for one another. That will at times mean we need to make sacrifices for each other. In doing so you will be doing your part in mirroring God’s character and the trinity’s connection here on earth. Jesus died that we would be firstly connected with Him, but also each other.
By Stuart Argue