Growing up, it seemed that every basketball player wanted to be like Michael Jordan. They wore his jersey number (23) in youth sports; they bought his Air Jordan sneakers; and despite a distinct lack of Jordanesque ability, they shot the ball nearly as often as he did. There is something comical in watching a group of vertically challenged youngsters try to perform aerial leaps.
Nobody wants to be a mere “role player.” Yet Jordan himself was part of a team on which far less gifted players were able to contribute. We can all fall prey to a star mentality. This is true in every sphere of life—church, business, school, or even the family. Whether we have the skills or not, we want the spotlight. We crave attention. In ways we may not even see, we hunger to get the glory.
How stunning to consider the difference between the desires of our narcissistic hearts and how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit carry out the great work of redemption. Together, they share unity that nothing could dissolve and no one could break; yet each member of the Trinity “has a distinct part to act.” First Corinthians 11:3 tells us that the Father is “the head” of the Son; John 15:26 informs us that both the Father and the Son send the Spirit to the church. The members of the Trinity carry out one inseparable work, but fill their own individual roles. The Father plans and leads, the Son creates and saves, the Spirit regenerates and indwells. In a world where everyone wants to be a star, the Godhead shows us that we find true glory in serving, and in filling our God-given roles.”
When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7
-Owen Strachan, Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, 253.