I picked up a book over the Christmas break…one I have a good shot at starting and finishing in a normal pace. I’m real good at starting books, then nibbling away at a slow mouse eating cheese pace. Sometimes hanging in the indefinite started phase.
The “40 Days Living The Jesus Creed,” by Scot McKnight is built around unpacking the Jesus Creed (Mark 12:29-31) in 40 bite size chapters. Although small, 5 – 7 pages, they are packed full of great wisdom and insight.
I’m currently digging into “The Divine Dance” chapter. McKnight takes a deeper look at the “one” Jesus describes about His relationship with the Father in John 10:30, 38. This oneness is seen as the dance of the Trinity. Here is McKnights perspective,
“God is a community of mutually indwelling persons where each person delightfully dances with the other in endless holy love.”
I love the picture that paints of the Trinity. It’s honestly something I never thought of when pondering the mystery of the Trinity, but makes total sense! I can see a divine dance now as I think about the Trinity relationships.
McKnight does an awesome job driving this home in a real life application manner towards the end of the chapter. Here are a couple of paragraphs…well worth the read below:
“God is love. The music of God is love. Anyone who loves God and loves others is dancing, whether he or she knows it or not, to the divine dance. To love is to walk onto the divine dance floor.”
“So when Jesus calls us to love God and to love other, He invites us to join Him in the divine dance of the Trinity. Perhaps the greatest news in the universe is that we have been invited to dance on God’s dance floor. We don’t have to worry about whether or not someone will invite us to this dance; we don’t even have to worry about whom we might dance with; and we don’t have to dance well to join in God’s dance.”
“Love isn’t something we produce. Love, like dancing, is surrendering to the music on the divine dance floor. We may need to remind ourselves of the words from the previous chapter, because these words express the music of God: ‘God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them’ (1 John 4:16).”
How are you dancing today? I see this picture painted by McKnight from the truths found in the word, and I want to join the divine dance today!
Breathe In & Smile Out,