In a bygone era of professional basketball, many championship teams built their championship hopes around one key player. Sometimes called a franchise player, many of these names are familiar, even if one is not a basketball fan. Generations ago, players like Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, led their respective teams to championships. Certainly, they were surrounded by other talented players, but the teams truly revolved around these key players. A generation later, there was a growing consensus that a successful team needed at least two franchise players. The Chicago Bulls had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. The Los Angeles Lakers had Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. As if to prove this contention, numerous championships followed under the leadership of these star players.
Now, some pundits aver that at least three players of all-star and/or MVP caliber are needed to create a championship team and create a franchise. I don’t think the suggestion that four players will be too far away! What is the correct number to be the best? In our spiritual walk with God, it is three.
God is One and exists in three distinct persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the Trinity, and all persons are involved in my salvation. As Pastor Jon Courson wrote, “Salvation: The Father thought it. The Son bought it. The Spirit taught it. The Bible brought it. Satan fought it. But, praise the Lord, by His grace, we got it!”
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (NASB)
Jesus Christ gave this command to His followers before He ascended to Heaven. In our walk with God, everything we do will be guided by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
You need three!
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.