This morning as I was awakening, I had this picture in my mind of an orchestra, a symphony. A collaboration of people with instruments playing their parts of a tune that brought together perfect harmony. Harmonious music is soothing, invigorating and often times breathtaking, Listening to music that moves you to a place of a sense of quietness and calmness. All the people who are in the symphony have more than just being “in”it. They have to play their instruments with the same timing and pace otherwise, the harmony is lost and the music comes across as confused, chaotic an non melancholic. It is not appealing to the senses and awakens turmoil verses putting it at rest.
Have you ever listened to a live band or even a symphony and someone has been off key, it almost hurts your ear. Or have you been in an environment where the microphone was too close to the monitor and it squealed? Yes, yes – you are getting what I am talking about. It is almost painful when the music is too hot and the signals cross and pierce your ear. I have to wonder what the conductor or the director is thinking when that happens, because if anyone will notice, surely they will first.
When we go to a symphony, what do we expect? We expect to see people producing music for us to hear; music from different types of instruments. Whether it is a string instrument or a wind instrument, the bottom line is we go expecting to hear them work together and make a harmonious sound called music. We look for the director to take the lead and keep them in sync so that the sound resonates through the air and lands in our ear and moves us as a listener.
Did you know that our relationship with God is no different? He is the director/conductor and we are the people with the instruments who are to be making the music. Our instruments come in different forms, we each have a different gift to offer for him. But while each of us holds something different, it should all come out as one beautiful harmonious sound that brings glory to him.
When someone comes to church, what is more appealing? A church where people are working together, on the same pace, carrying the same vision in their heart and mind that is easily recognized and captured? Or do you think that a church where people are not fulfilling their part and everything seems off key? In what environment do you think someone who wants to plant themselves or their family would choose?
“So let us then definitely aim for and eagerly pursue what makes for harmony and for mutual upbuilding (edification and development) of one another.” Romans 14:19
As followers of Jesus, we are in the same orchestra. We each have been given gifts, talents and abilities to utilize. It is our responsibility to do those well, but also in timing with the conductor and other people in the symphony. We cannot all play at different counts or the harmony ceases to exist.
Let us remember to not play ahead or behind the instruction of the conductor. God is in control. We need to rest in the fact that his knowledge, presence and power are sovereign. May we live in harmony with one another and follow the lead of God, the Ultimate Conductor. Amen.
“Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.” Romans 12:16