What do you think about this statement, “In the beginning, God created teamwork?”
Genesis Teaches About God’s Creation of Teamwork
The creation story in the book of Genesis is a fascinating account of the work of God.
Genesis tells us about the seven days of creation in this way:
- 1- God creates light on the first day!
- 2- God creates the skies and the seas on the second day.
- 3- God creates land and plants on the third day!
- 4- God creates the stars, sun, and moon on the fourth day.
- 5- God creates the fish and birds on the fifth day.
- 6- God creates animals and humans (Adam and Eve) on the sixth day.
- 7- God, the Creator of the Universe takes a day of rest!
What Does Day 6 Teach About Teamwork?
Day 6 is an amazing day. On this day God created Adam, but after creating Adam, he saw that the “man” needed a helper, basically a teammate. (Genesis 2)
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.
20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.
God Created Teamwork With a Purpose
Throughout history, the power of humanity has been tied to the ability of people to work together as a team.
King Solomon wrote these words,
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their work. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he doesn’t have anyone to help him up.” (Eccl. 4:9-10)
The Bible teaches that it has been God’s plan for humans to work together and to create successful teamwork?
Two Keys for Successful Teamwork Development
Here are two key points that can help define teamwork.
1. First, a team must have a clear vision, purpose and common goals that will fulfill that mission. The Lord gave Adam and Eve a purpose and vision. God blessed them and said to them,
“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:28)
2. The second key for a successful team is an appreciation of people who are different than we are. Eve brought skills and talents into the relationship with Adam that he (Adam) did not have. Diversity among humans has been God’s plan from the beginning. To ignore or suppress those who are different pulls away from God’s creative design.
The Bible begins in the book of Genesis by giving good advice on how to create teamwork. There is no better advice for team development than that of the Creator of Universe.