DayBreaks for 7/31/15: The Dance of Eternal Love
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2005:
Can you imagine living in a world where no one argues about who is right and wrong – because no one is ever wrong? Or a world where people don’t have to try to prove to others that they are more powerful, more beautiful, more intelligent? Where it wouldn’t matter if you were younger or older than someone else, or who was going to take out the garbage or sweep or vacuum the floors, or whose turn it was to wash the dinner dishes? It’s hard to imagine a world where people aren’t trying to put someone else in their place, to keep the down and out or to step on them on the way up the corporate ladder.
I think the reason that it’s hard to imagine such an existence is that we’ve never really experienced it. Everything is competitive, and at some level, so is everyone you and I have ever met. There may be brief, shining moments where people act in totally unselfish ways, but they’re the exception, not the norm. The human brain works so fast that it calculates “What’s in it for me?” so quickly that we’re not even aware of our thought patterns that lead us to make decisions that we believe will further our own interests.
Jesus, in John 14:10, said: “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” If you’re like me, you’ve read these words many times, and probably had nice thoughts about them: “Yes, Jesus and God are One: one in purpose, plan, action, desire and thought. Now let’s move on to the next verse.” If we read it so hastily, however, we miss a beautiful lesson. The word that Jesus uses for the mutual indwelling of the Father and Son (and Spirit, too, of course) is the Greek word perichoresis. We get our word “choreography” from it. What Jesus was saying is that the Trinity exists in a kind of eternal dance of love and joy between Father, Son and Spirit.
But here’s the really great news: in eternity, we’ll share in that eternal dance of joy and love. There will be no more ladder-climbing, attention-grabbing, or control and power freaks. All those things that have made our dance on earth less than it could have been will be gone – forever, washed out of us totally by the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. And then, totally clean for the first time ever, we’ll dance with the Trinity!
PRAYER: Teach us your dance even now with our clumsy feet that we may dance it with perfection with you in heaven! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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