John 1:1–5 ‘Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.’(v3)

Each one of us is a unique individual. We experience life’s wilderness seasons when we feel alone, even abandoned. Yet, God invites us to find and enter into a community, and in fact models the nature of that community in the Trinity. Here, three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – co-conspire and co-create in the highest interests of life. This is why Jesus invites us into life’s fullness (John 10:10). 

In Lent it’s traditional to read of Jesus’ experiences in the wilderness. Cutting a solitary figure, He is challenged by the enemy of all goodness. Yet, in His aloneness He remains a principle person within the Trinity. By consulting His Father, He speaks the Word of God expressed through the Spirit (Psa. 33:6); the three who collaborated in creating everything from nothing. Community offers Jesus His source of truth and, in applying this God-inspired insight, He secures His victory.

We are never invited to ‘go it alone’. We are born again into community (1 John 1:6–7), although it may take time to discover the people with whom we can engage in communion together (James 5:16). Outside of Trinity there can be no creation and we are called to work in concert with others to see God’s kingdom expressed throughout the earth. We are invited to become co-creators with God, whilst also finding support in times of distress through the encouragement of fellow disciples. Every community is a unique expression of those choosing to co-create with God.

SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Psa. 33:1–15; Prov. 17:8–22; 1 Thess. 5:12–22; 1 Pet. 4:7–11.

AN ACTION TO TAKE: Have you found your people? These are those with whom you can share yourself completely and work in co-creation through the Trinity to express God’s kingdom.
A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, I am excited to co-create in collaboration with the Trinity and through community. Amen.’

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Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.