From creation to revelation we see that God is on mission. His mission is to restore a broken humanity into a new community--a community that ultimately reflects the relationship he has with himself in the Trinity. Tim Chester says,
In the church we are striving with the Spirit's help to express the plurality and unity of God; to be the one and the many without comprimising either.
We are called as a community on earth to reflect the relationship God has with himself eternally. We are a preview of heaven; and yet our community is not yet completed. We are on a mission to bring others into this community, and the way we do that is through our common relationship and partnership in the gospel.
When we gave our lives to Jesus we were immediately brought into the family of God. We have one Father who unites us together as brothers and sisters in Christ. Within the framework of this family we are called to do life together. We are called to live out the many "one anothers" of Scripture because of our common relationship in Christ. This relationship is a picture of the relationship God has within the Trinity.
When we gave our lives to Jesus, we were immediately joined to Jesus and to each other. Just like a body we are connected to each other. Romans 12::5 says, "In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." The purpose of this partnership is to first build up the body in love (Eph. 4:16) and then promote the gospel to the world (Mt. 5:16). In so doing, we will reflect the beauty, the unity and diversity of the Trinity.
What does this look like practically?
It means that we stop thinking of our community as merely a horizantal, social activity. Rather we should start thinking of our community as a vertical, reflection of the Trinity. We are a living drama of the divine community! That means that when we're worshiping together, serving together, or even hanging out together, we are imaging forth the relational nature of God's being. We are giving the world a snapshot of heaven--indeed, a snapshot of our heavenly King. What a joy it should be for us to live under the good rule and reign of King Jesus. And this joy and love should be seen in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. We must make the invisible Trinity visible through our community!
A Daunting Task?
Becoming a community who reflects the love of the Trinity seems like a daunting task for the church today. It's very similar to a husband and wife being told that their marriage is a living picture of Christ's relationship with the church. Daunting, indeed! It should bring me to my knees in prayer ... all the while remembering Jesus' prayer for the church in John 17:21.
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.