If God were an equation, He would be something like this:
God + God = God
He is complete, lacking nothing. He needs nothing; if he did, then he wouldn’t be God. Here is where we fit into the equation:
God + (you and me) + God = God
We literally add nothing to the equation. We add nothing to God. Functionally we’re useless to God. If our participation in God’s economy can in any way add to or subtract from who He is then we’re worshipping something less then the infinitely complete relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is what the all-powerful being God is revealed to be in the Bible, in nature, in love, in life.
Yet history, given a voice, would declare our math is all wrong. We must have missed something somewhere, because why would an all-powerful, totally complete God – who lacks nothing – behave the way He has in the past? Why would He continue to do the same today? How could He promise to be the same tomorrow? If we listen, world history and even personal history reveal God is active; that He’s killing himself to love us. He must have greater math skills than we do.
History declares that we are intrinsically priceless. By mercy or by choice, God made us of value beyond measure. What’s more, because He chose to do so, He invites us to join Him as vital participants in the story He’s weaving through history.
If this new math sinks deep into who we are – causing us to recalculate everything we value and measure ourselves by – then the sum of our days will overflow with freedom. Freedom to stop trying so hard to learn about God and just learn to be with Him. Freedom from our forced attempts to make Him important to our friends, our families, and even ourselves. Since we add nothing, we’re free simply to receive from Him, becoming greater than the sum of our parts, infused with consecrated calculus. We become free to love others, as they are, where they are. Free to open our eyes to the daily, massive miracles God pours into our lives: sunshine, laughter, breath. Free for God to use us how He pleases. Then we will see what minute effort it takes for Him to raise the dead, heal the sick, and restore sight to the blind.
1 Corinthians 1:18-31