I loved to sing as a kid. Whether people loved to hear me was another matter. I still enjoy listening to a good piece of music, and especially when well-tuned voices sing together. Today on the radio, Pastor Alistair Begg pulled out an intriguing idea from 1 Peter 3 to show what we can learn from musical harmony:
“8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. 10 For,
“The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
11 “He must turn away from evil and do good;
He must seek peace and pursue it.
12 “For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer,
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Pastor Begg pointed out that harmony does not mean that we are all singing the same note. We sing the same song, but in our own part as the director assigns us. And together we make a beautiful melody that captures an idea that words on a page cannot.
I often try to fit in and please people. But I am not exactly like the person down the street, and comparing our schedules will be pointless. It is variety that enhances life on every level. Once we stop competing with everyone, we can combine efforts and create something more beautiful together. And that is where Jesus calls the Church. How can all of us different pieces work in harmony? Only through the guidance of His Spirit!
God, thank You for the beauty of music, and the voices You have created. Please help me to use my specific gifts to bring You glory in harmony with those around me. Thank You for a choir of voices in the world, and please help Your Church to come to a place of unity. Amen.