One dimensional is boring. A single line is boring. A two-dimensional image is more interesting. A photograph, if it’s carefully captured and filtered, might be able to hold your interest for ten seconds, depending on your attention span. A video, which adds the dimension of time, might grab your attention for longer, maybe thirty seconds. Of course, if you meet someone in three-dimensional real life—that’s more interesting, isn’t it? Provided they’re not boring. Yet still, a person who seems boring in one context might be absolutely fascinating in another context.
Be honest with yourself. In your relationship with God, do you see Him, the One who created all things, as boring? If you do, it might be because your view of God is one-dimensional. Here are some one-dimensional ways you might think of God: Maybe you think of God as a moral police officer who stops you from having fun. Maybe you think of God as the One who made the world and set it all in motion so we could find our own path in life. Maybe you think of God as the driving force behind your favorite political cause. Or maybe you think of God as only drawing close on Sunday mornings during your “normal” service time.
As you read the apostle Paul in his letter to the Church in Ephesus, there’s no way you can conclude that he’s bored with God. Paul’s relationship with God is far from one-dimensional. Paul sees God and His purposes and plans in vivid multidimensional glory!
Paul shares that at the heart of God’s plan is Jesus, who died on the cross and rose from the dead to save sinners, offering the gift of eternal life to those who would believe. And while the salvation of sinners is central to God’s plan, it’s not the end of His purposes. There are so many dimensions to our relationship with Jesus: and the more dimensions we see, the more glorious it gets. Paul knows this, and he understands that his task is to share the message of Jesus, in all its richness, with the world.
Paul says to us: God’s intent was that now, through the church, the manifold [multidimensional] wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ephesians 3:10-11)
During this time of social distancing, many of us are learning another dimension of God. Our “normal” rhythms of Sunday services have been thrown out of whack. I’m hopeful that “normal” will one day return, but, in the meantime, we have an opportunity to experience how God works in multi-faceted ways. My hope is that we would lean into the multidimensional wisdom of God and grow deeper with Him and with each other during these days.
PS: During this time, it is good to gather in safe and socially-distanced ways. Our staff has been working on several ways we can engage and connect with you during this time. Please check out www.welcome2hope.com/august