(This is an article written by my dear friend, Rev. Rick Brown of Pearl, MS. This is taken from a transcript of a recent sermon. The concept set forth here is very thought provoking. Read it with joy.)
My wife loves Legos. She says the words, “I love Legos,” every time a Lego commercial comes on television. For fifteen years, I have heard her confess countless times that she loves Legos.
Not surprisingly this year, for Christmas, Jessica bought Faith, our ten year old daughter, a Lego set. I questioned Jessica’s motives in buying that Lego set. I wonder if she bought it for her daughter or for herself.
Actually, I think her motives were pure. The proof of it came on Christmas evening.
We eat Christmas supper at our house instead of lunch. I kept telling Jessica that she might had better get the dressing started, and get the pies on because the turkey and ham I was smoking would be done in a few hours. Guess what kept her from getting up? Legos.
An hour passed…
“The turkey and ham will be done in a couple of hours, Jess. How much time do you need to mix those pies and bake that dressing?”
“Oh! I’ll get it in minute.”
But just she sat there with Faith constructing a veritable Lego City.
Another hour passed. They’ve not even taken a restroom break!
“Have you put that dressing on?”
“I’m going to do it in just a minute.”
But I listened from another room as she and Faith laughed and talked and built wondrous things from Legos. Every once in a while, little Aden or Hope (our two youngest) would hover about them and marvel at their creation and the fun they were having together making it. Laughter, cooperation, sharing, loving conversation, and more laughter filled the house as those two forgot about the whole world, and thought of nothing but the joy of sharing this time together.
This warmed my heart enough that I chose to interrupt them no further. That we eat Christmas supper on time seemed of so little importance to me suddenly. There was something divine about that event. Something otherworldly. Something that puts you in mind of what heaven must be like.
It has since occurred to me that I was looking into a mirror darkly beholding a small measure of the joy the three members of the Triune Godhead eternally enjoy. This event depicted, as much as anything in the universe can, something of what it must have been like when the Father, Son and Holy Spirit worked together on their favorite project–man.
“Let us make mankind in our own image, in our likeness… male and female created he them… and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:26-31).
Just as a home consists of three person types- The Father, The Mother and the Children, so does God consist of three persons, The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.
God does not say here, “Let us make A man in our image and so he made the male.” No, he says, “Let us make mankind in our image and he made male and female.” That male and that female living together would have children and they together constituted the image of the three personed God.
The Home is God’s fullest manifestation of his own nature. To all of creation God says, “Do you want to know what I have always been like? Look at the happy human home.”
You see, God has never, nor will he ever BE lonely. God has always had within himself a warm, happy home- an infinitely happy home. He has always enjoyed the most perfect, the most fulfilling relationships any being could ever HOPE to experience. He does not need ANYTHING outside of the Trinity. God has never needed ANYTHING.
God has perfect contentment and joy within himself- the three persons of the Trinity fellowshipping and loving one another in perfect harmony.
This means that bearing the image of God has more to do with how we relate to one another than it has to do with how we dress, what music we listen to, what we watch on TV or any other thing we do to be holy as individuals.
This is why Jesus went to the cruel cross. Just hours before he laid himself down as a sacrifice for us, he prayed this prayer recorded in John 17:
I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.
You will not find a verse of Scripture in the entire Bible that says that Jesus came to save you from hell. That’s not why he came. That’s not his MOTIVE in coming. Thank God he DOES save us from hell, but that’s not what moved him, motivated him to come to the world.
He came that we might experience the glory that he has always experienced in the presence of the Father. He saved us so that we might be one, just as he and his Father are one.
That was the purpose of creation.
In Genesis one, after each thing that God made was made, he sits back and declares, “It is good.” He made the light and he said, “It is good.” He made the seas and the skies and he said, “It is GOOD.” Over and over again, God makes something, beholds it and declares, “It is good.”
Do you know what God said after he made the first man? Genesis 2:18 tells us. It says, “And the Lord God said, ‘It is NOT good…’” The male human being was the first thing God made in his universe that, when he stepped back and beheld it, he had to conclude, “It is not good.” AND ALL THE LADIES SAID?
Read the rest of the verse. “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone. I will make an help meet for him.’” I like the way the New Living Translation puts it, “I will make a helper JUST RIGHT FOR HIM.” It is not good, God said, that the creature which was designed above all else to bear his image should be alone. Then God made Eve and put them together. God performed the first wedding ceremony. And God told them, “Multiply and fill the earth…” And at the end of the sixth day, having made and married Adam and Eve and having told them to begin a family together, God looks at his creation, his finished product with the united image bearers as its crowning achievement, and he comes to this conclusion recorded in Genesis 1:31: “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”
Did you catch that? Light and the baby blue sky were just good. The stars that glittered like diamonds against the velvet firmament were just good. The majestic eagle soaring the heights and the massive blue whale spouting rainbows high into the sunlit air were just… good. The snow-capped mountains and the white sandy beaches were just good. But of the human home God said, “It is VERY GOOD!” The home was the crowning achievement of God’s whole creation.
To know best what God is like, never look to one person- no matter how great and godly that person may be. To know what God is like, visit a happy home. It was never one man who bore God’s image. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN WHEN PEOPLE COME TOGETHER IN GREAT LOVE AND JOY THAT GOD HAS BEEN MOST CLEARLY SEEN.
With that in mind I charge you to put your home where God puts it- above everything else in the world. I charge you to love each other and your children as God the Father has always loved God the Son and God the Son and Spirit have always loved God the Father. Let your home be what God made it to be- a reflection of himself- the glory of the joy of the love each member of the Trinity has for each other. May people visit your home and say, “So this is what God is like!”
The second best thing that bears the image of God, is his Church. Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples (ones who have mimic me) that you have love one toward another.” May the church be one, even as the Father and the Son are one. And when a visitor leaves that church service, may he say, “So this is what God is like.”