Love Without Hierarchy

I love this little exchange from the other day and thought you would to:

I was reflecting upon the glorious time I had meeting you and the other families in the Omaha area who are on this journey into Father’s heart. Some key things were spoken and readily applied to that week-end that left me speechless. I’m glad we got to know each other.

I have a question that deals with The Shack book. God is explaining to Mack that God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit do not relate in a hierarchal way, but rather, they relate on the basis of their love & trust in one another. I was reading John 14 this morning & found a passage that I’m not sure what Jesus is getting at, here it is:

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe. (John 14:27-29

What is Jesus saying when He says to his disciples that he’s going to His Father, who is greater than Jesus is?

My response: I love that you’re searching the Scriptures with some of these ‘issues’ in mind. That’s a great way to learn and grow. Without getting into a major dissertation here in an email, just think of what these passages can mean outside a relationship where power and status are important, instead of function and honor. Someone can be ‘greater’ without being ‘higher’, especially as Jesus is in human flesh in space and time.

The Three are constantly giving priority, honor, and glory to each other in Scripture as an act of their love and recognition of each other’s unique place, without having to resort to a hierarchy of power. They key here: where agreement exists, the need for power in decision-making makes no sense. They act in concert while at the same time not having to resort to command and control structure.

It is amazing and beautiful and powerful!

I’ve never looked at Jesus this way before. I think I’ve spent most of my Christian life perceiving God through the lens of status & power, but how you described in relationship is beautiful & awesome.

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  1. kent February 9, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    It’s a life transforming paradigm shift.

  2. kent February 9, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    It’s a life transforming paradigm shift.

  3. HESED February 21, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    As someone who has always felt powerless, it is inspiring to think of power being service, like Jesus did to the disciples. This is so out of our normal human interaction. As a woman, I don’t think I have ever thought of myself as being on the same par as a man. I know in theory I am, but in actual practice, I don’t think I have been.

  4. HESED February 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    As someone who has always felt powerless, it is inspiring to think of power being service, like Jesus did to the disciples. This is so out of our normal human interaction. As a woman, I don’t think I have ever thought of myself as being on the same par as a man. I know in theory I am, but in actual practice, I don’t think I have been.

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