One Another Devotion - Day 11
One Another Devotion, Day 11
by Tim Munyan
A beautiful symphony
1 Corinthians 1:10 TPT
“I urge you, my brothers and sisters, for the sake of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree to live in unity with one another and put to rest any division that attempts to tear you apart. Be restored as one united body living in perfect harmony. Form a consistent choreography among yourselves,
having a common perspective with shared values.”
Getting to grow up in our Nation’s Capitol had many benefits. Our school field trips would often be to places like Civil War battlefields, Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian and even the White House.
One of my favorite places to go was Constitution Hall to hear the National Symphony Orchestra, also known as the National Philharmonic.
As the musicians took their places, each would warm up and begin to play different parts of the musical composition at the same time. It sounded like complete chaos with no distinguishable melody. It was almost like each instrument was fighting with all the others. The Conductor would then tap his baton and one single note would ring out. Then each instrument would tune to that single note. That one note set the standard for everyone to follow. After each instrument reached unity with that note, all eyes would then focus on the leadership of the Conductor and under his guidance, what was once disjointed and chaotic now became a beautiful piece of music as each separate part joined together in agreement to form perfect harmony with each other. It is interesting that we get the word philharmonic from the Greek “philos” meaning “loving’ and the word ‘harmonika” meaning ‘harmony.’
The analogy of a symphony is a beautiful picture of the church. Just like in an orchestra there are different instruments playing the same song. In the church, there are many different kinds of people, but we all should be playing the same music. We should make every effort to keep our hearts and minds “in tune” with one another keeping ourselves in “loving harmony”.
Jesus is the standard to whom we all need to tune. If we don’t tune to His standard then we have disharmony and chaos. Keeping our focus on the Conductor of our orchestra is what keeps us perfectly joined together, and unifies us into a heavenly rhythm that that produces a symphony of love and brotherhood.
1. Is there someone that you have been out of tune with and need to restore loving harmony with them?
2. What are some ways you can personally tune your heart and mind to the standards Jesus has set forth?