It is when everyone pulls in his/her own direction, that nothing or less is accomplished. But when people in the church, at work, at home, work together and as one, a lot is accomplished. Are you part of such a team of people who work together as one?
It was my privilege to do team building weekends for several organisations and churches. It was at an experiential learning exercise, called the “spiders-web” that I saw how teams cracked, reform, and accomplish amazing results working together as one. That set the tone for companies, churches, families who excelled, knowing what working together can do.
When people functioning at their best together as a strong team, it reflects similarities to the relationship that exists within the divine Trinity. When people work together in an other-centered way, it mirrors the creativity and mutual regard derived from God himself.
Ephesians 1:3-14 shows how the three persons of the Trinity work in perfect harmony to accomplish our salvation. The three Persons of the Godhead are never independent but always work together in concert. Scripture records the work of the Triune God in the creation of the cosmos (Genesis 1:1-2, John 1:1-3 and Colossians 1:15-17), but this perfect and harmonious interaction was especially clear in how God made it possible for people who were formerly alienated from him to be transformed into his beloved children.
- Ephesians 1:3-6 speaks of the work of the Father in accomplishing our salvation. The Father chose us before the creation of the world and sent his Son into the world so that through him we could be adopted into his family.
- Ephesians 1:7-12 focus on the work of the Son, Jesus Christ. Christ’s blood sacrifice on our behalf paid the penalty for our sins so that we could enjoy forgiveness and lay hold of God’s purpose for our lives.
- Ephesians 1:7-12 talks about the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit seals and guarantees our spiritual inheritance.
- Thus, the Father initiated our salvation, the Son accomplished it and the Holy Spirit makes it real in our lives. At the end of each of these three sections the phrase “to the praise of his glory” appears.
God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit perform distinct roles, but they work together in perfect harmony and agreement.