Holy Spirit

Third Wheels & The Trinity

Ever been in one of those third wheel situations? Awkward! It reminds me of the little worksheets my son worked on in preschool. Remember these?!

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As unspiritual as it sounds, sometimes the Trinity has a bit of a third wheel problem. Now before you accuse me of heresy, hear me out! I affirm the Trinity. I believe in the one true God who is Father, Son, and Spirit. But lately I’ve been wrestling with the reality that one of these things is not like the other…

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A quick google search for “Jesus Christ” brings up images of a peaceful, bearded man. A search for “God” floods the screen with an older version of the same person.

And then there’s the Holy Spirit. With wings. And sometimes fire.

Given the choice of a person, an older person, and a bird, even a preschooler can tell you which one is not like the others.

The sounds so wrong, doesn’t it?! And yet, if I’m honest, it kind of makes sense. I don’t connect with the Spirit in the same way I relate to God as my Father and Jesus as my Savior. And I’m not alone. Recent conversations with fellow ministry leaders reveal a surprising commonality. Most of us relate more easily to God as Father and Son than Spirit; though we intellectually affirm the Spirit’s value, we inadvertently treat Him like the third wheel of the Trinity.

We struggle to make sense of the Mystery masked in confusion and controversy, so we settle for less than we long for in our relationship with Him.

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So I’m doing something about that, and my quest is spilling into something exciting that I cannot wait to share with you!  Stay tuned, friends, and in the meantime, take a moment to ponder the following questions with me:

Why do you value God as your Father?

What is one of your favorite Jesus scenes from the Bible? Jesus and the blind man? Jesus and the woman at the well? Jesus and…?

How do you feel about the Holy Spirit?

-Sarah Jo Fairchild





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