Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children. - Ephesians 5:1
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. - Luke 22:42-43
As we continue this week thinking about imitating God’s life within God’s own self, today we look at how the Father and the Son relate to each other vulnerably. The Son is in touch with the pain of his circumstances and the impending crucifixion. He know what he wants and he honestly asks his Father for what he wants. And the Father hears his request and graciously acknowledges the pain of it, granting an angel to come and minister to Jesus - even though the Father didn’t ultimately grant the Son’s request.
That sort of honesty, intimacy, and vulnerability is how God relates within Godself. And Ephesians 5:1 calls us to imitate God. That’s deep.
Take some time and ponder the life within the Trinity. What is God saying to you about what is truly sacred, what is truly life-giving? What might it look like for you to step towards that today?