God is a team.

Let me explain what I mean.

God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one in nature, three in personhood.

A team, by definition, is two or more persons working together. Therefore, God is a team.

While it may be a new idea for us to think of God as a team, most of us are familiar with the unique roles that the three persons of the Godhead play in the history of redemption. The Father elected his chosen people before the foundation of the world and sent the Son to accomplish their redemption. The Son took on human flesh, lived a righteous life, and died a sinner’s death as a substitute for the elect (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Spirit then raised the Son from the dead (Romans 8:11), and the Son ascended back to the Father. The Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to apply the benefits of their redemption to the elect through regeneration and glorification (John 15:26; John 16:7; Romans 8:11).

The three persons of God work in perfect harmony. The Father and Son glorify one another and the Spirit glorifies the Son (John 16:14; 17:4; 17:5).

As persons created in God’s image, we also are team-oriented. We may not think much about this since it is so natural. It’s like being amazed that ice is cold. Of course ice is cold. It’s ice. If you think about it, you are probably on a variety of teams. Your family is a team. Your local church is a team. Your company is a team. You may be on a ministry team, a volunteer team, a sports team etc. All of these are the natural outcome of the way God made us. Solitary confinement is horrible punishment to inflict on any human being because we were not made to dwell alone. God has never been alone. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have had eternal fellowship with one another.

A couples classes on Team Building this last month helped me see that I need to be more team-focused in order to build up the body of Christ the way he designed it to operate (Ephesians 4:11-16). If I’m honest, I do a lot of things alone that I could do with a team. When making future plans, I often think about what I could do myself instead of what I could do on a team. Part of the reason why is because of my personality. As an introvert, I enjoy spending time alone. The other part is because I tend to be self-focused, wanting to lead myself in what I want to do. Due to remaining pride, I want to be the one doing the work and getting the credit for it. 

This is the opposite of Christ’s love and humility. Love does not envy. Love is glad and thankful when a teammate does great work and gets praised for it. Humility knows its role and is content in it. It does not try to take the place of another. Humility does not seek its own glory for its own sake.  

This is what we see in Christ as he operates within the Godhead.

Think about the humility of Christ submitting to the Father’s will even when it caused him infinite suffering (Luke 22:42). Reflect on him sending the Holy Spirit to empower his followers to do the work of ministry instead of doing it all himself (John 16:7). Consider Christ glorifying the Father and not himself (John 17:4).

Seeing how the three persons of the Godhead work together beautifully to accomplish their mission, let us imitate Christ and work together in teams towards the accomplishment of the same mission, namely to conform all nations into the image of the Perfect Son (Romans 8:29-30).