Note: This is a devotional that I wrote for the 10 Days Devotional 2014. 10 days is an opportunity to set apart a season of seeking God together as the wider of body of Christ, in such a way that moves us beyond the walls of our own local churches, denominations, and ethnic groups.
Day 1: God’s Grand Masterpiece
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:16)
We all affirm Christian unity – but sometimes it’s difficult to imagine exactly what it is.
In my time of prayer the other day, Jesus showed me that the body of Christ is like God’s grand orchestra performing a symphony. In fact, our English word “symphony” comes from a Greek word meaning a “sounding together.”
In a good orchestra, as in the body of Christ, the uniqueness of each individual is celebrated. The booming low instruments coalesce with the twittering high instruments in a sort of a divine dance. Any good musician will tell you that in playing music together, the attitude of humility and honoring others above yourself is crucial. If any one group feels that they are the most important, the others get drowned out, and the melody is destroyed.
In a symphony, it is also vital that each person keeps his/her eyes on the conductor. Only the conductor sees it all and is able to direct each group to their proper place and in the right timing. If an individual were not to heed the direction of the conductor, this would have rebounding effects to every other musician, as well as the symphony as a whole.
When you listen to a symphony, distinct instrumental parts dwell within the others, becoming something far greater together than they are as individuals. The love of music that binds these musicians together is greater than any external differences that seemingly separate them. As they play together, they learn and grow as one, sounding forth a harmony that is both indescribable and wondrously beautiful.
At each of your 10 Days gatherings this year, seek to find the underlying tune, the sweet resonance of the harmony of Jesus within your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Listen for the sound of unity, of followers of Jesus coming together all around the nation and world to take part in God’s grand masterpiece. Can you hear it?