Leadership Devotions: We are Created for Team

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Read Genesis 1:26-31; 2:18-25

Leadership Devotion

God is Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in which each person has a role but always works in relationship with and dependence on the other persons. From the first chapter of Scripture, the unity and interdependence of the Trinity are made clear. Creation was a team effort. God said, “Let us make mankind in our image” (1:26). The teamwork of our Trinity God that runs throughout Scripture is first evidenced here in this passage. Team is inherent to the very being and nature of God. God is a team: always has been, always will be. Our concept of Team flows from the nature of God.

Genesis 1 tells us that God did a great job with creation. After each creative flourish, the narrator emphasises that God saw that it was really good (1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25). But there was one aspect of creation that God did not think was good (2:18). This was the creation of a lone person. It’s not that God made a mistake. It was always God’s intention to create a pair of people that reflected the plurality of the Trinity (1:26).

So when God created humans, he created a team of people in his image and likeness (1:26) – a man and woman who were made of the same stuff and yet were different. They were a couple designed to work together in the same way that the Trinity did – loving each other, accepting each other, serving each other, helping each other, and being dependent on each other. They were unashamed of their differences represented by their different bodies (2:25). The “one flesh” nature of the marriage relationship beautifully mirrored the interdependent community at the heart of the Trinity.

But the place of human Team goes beyond marriage. When God said that it was not good for mankind to be alone (2:18), he was not just thinking of marriage (although that was foundational), but about how humans were to function. Everyone (married or not) is designed to work in dependence on others. The poet John Donne said it well, “No man is an island.” We need each other to achieve our God-given destiny. We do our best work in relationship with God and in relationship with each other.

To Contemplate

Who do you work with in such a way that you think, “This is really good”?