Wednesday, January 18
A conductor lifts her baton signifying music is only a breath or two away. Violins, violas, cellos, & basses simultaneously make a sound as their players move their bows side to side along each instruments’ strings. Nothing is as pleasant as hearing the harmonious sound of an orchestra blending pitches, octaves, melodies, parts, becoming one unified thought and expression. A euphonious sound appreciated by all in attendance: young, old, musically inclined, musically inept, and even those who would not admit they enjoy such things.
Unfortunately, the majority of my experience has been on the other side of this equation, having attended close to a dozen novice string concerts of first year players. The conductor lifts her baton in the same manner, but soon after comes a cacophony arising from the stage, sharply hitting my ear, and then a small chill goes up my spine. The disunity and discord momentarily disconnect me; however, I remain true to my reason for being there: to support the ones I love, to offer encouragement, and provide helpful insight when the time comes.
How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along! It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard, Flowing down Aaron’s beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes. It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon, flowing down the slopes of Zion. Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal life. – Psalm 133, The Message
When harmony is mentioned in the Bible, it overwhelmingly speaks of our relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to love, value, encourage, and cherish each individual member. Every member has an ordained purpose. Every member has a God-given spiritual gift. Every member has been fearfully and wonderfully made to play their part in His song. We may know this full and well, but it really only takes a handful of minutes on social media, conversation at a meal after a church service, or a decision made at a board meeting to reveal disunity that still exists in the body. Our sinful nature wants us to have our way, obtain all power, and to defeat those who oppose us. God wants us to know His way, utilize His power, and to fight our battles for us.
With a unified purpose in God, we are no longer made to COMPETE with one another, but we are made to COMPLETE one another. We must never forget we share the same Heavenly Father who has purposefully brought us together (1 Cor 12:12-13). We must always do our best to love, support, encourage, and train our brothers and sisters to fulfill their vital part in body and song (Romans 14:19). We must find and repair the discord, and keep from creating more, so we are all on the same page (Matthew 18:15-17). An orchestra filled with musicians trying to be heard, competing sections, or playing different pieces simultaneously, is one that will not be listened to. The joy and attraction of harmony lives in playing our part, lifting praise as one voice, one song, to our One God.
May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus! – Romans 15:3-6, The Message
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