by Pastor Mark Jordan
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1, NIV)
So how is it going this week striving for unity in your life? It begins in your private space and moves to your public life. It calls you to experience the power of doing life with God and others as you travel the one road toward Him, committing your life to the goodness of Jesus. Unity is critical!
As we conclude this week’s emphasis on unity, I want to point out another critically important truth. Unity is not uniformity. The beautiful thing about unity is it enables you to be the special and unique you that God created, calls good, and loves.
You have a part to play in God’s eternal symphony. As the conductor, God uses your private and public worship to get you in tune with Him and each other. Then, with your life as the instrument, you play your part adding to the overall beauty of the work. God’s indivisible work in you, syncing up with the communal call to service, is what brings together the magnificent opus of grace God wants to use to bless the world.
All this talk about unity brings me to another idea, which is our need for harmony. In music, harmony is what you get when people sing or play different notes in line with the one melody. It requires you to watch the conductor and pay attention to the greater symphony occurring around you. Continuing with the music metaphor, you get to play your individual line and part, under the direction of our eternal maestro, to produce the most blessed symphony imaginable.
Allow your participation in the goodness of God to write you into His holy symphony. This doesn’t mean you do everything the same as everyone else…no! Follow God’s lead, and do your part, so the entirety of God’s movement in the world can be experienced and glorified.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for allowing me to be me, following your direction. I want to be part of your holy symphony, and I know my part counts. Help me to share my harmony so I may experience it with you and others, too. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.