Is Harmony Possible?
Harmony, the pleasing arrangement of parts with things in agreement. Do you long for harmony in your life? In our world of chaos, discontent, and disaccord it seems that the missing element is harmony. But for harmony to exist, there must be a condition of one-mindedness and the willingness to follow guidance. It seems that in our world that people are moving to the “beat of their own drum” and attempting to create their own harmony. And while this might seem feasible in our self-help, “do it my way” world, it simply doesn’t work. For harmony and agreement to cohabitate with diverse people there must be not only a basic belief in the same goals but great leadership.
Almost 29 years ago at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, Jack Lipton, a psychologist at Union College, and R. Scott Builione, then a graduate student at Columbia University, presented their findings on how members of the various sections of 11 major symphony orchestras perceived each other. The percussionists were viewed as insensitive, unintelligent, and hard-of-hearing, yet fun-loving. String players were seen as arrogant, stuffy, and unathletic. The brass section was overwhelmingly chosen by the orchestra members as loud. And the woodwind players seemed to be held in the highest esteem, described as quiet and meticulous, though a bit egotistical.
These findings were somewhat humous and interesting. But the underlying question was how could such a widely divergent group of personalities and perceptions of one another ever come together to make beautiful and harmonious music? The answer is simple; regardless of how the musicians saw each other, they set aside their feelings and biases placing themselves under the leadership of the conductor. They realized that it is only with the conductor’s guidance that they can play beautiful music together.
Tune Together for Harmony
These findings that I came across reminded me of A.W. Tozer’s writing from The Pursuit of God. Tozer said, “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So, one hundred worshipers [meeting] together, each looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”
If we want to see harmony in the world, we must see it in our churches. And then additionally in the body of Christ as a whole. For Christ is the head of the church and we are the body of His church. This shows the church’s unity. As each member involved with all the others as they go about doing the work of Christ on earth. When we work, serve, and worship together, we complete our purpose on earth as the whole body. This is not only our instructions from Christ but Paul’s prayer for spiritual wisdom for us.
God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church.Ephesians 1:22 (NLT)
The Beauty of the Whole
When we see ourselves not as individuals working for Christ, but as a whole body. We see that if we individually stumble, we have a group to help us reorder our life. In this way, we have help to reconnect us to God to walk with Him again. This way we can find restoration through the church. When we unite in our purpose and love for one another and the Lord, we bond together in harmony as we witness God’s truth together. As we connect by our faith it shows our harmony to the world lending trust to Christ. It is in this way that we reach the world. As we show it not only in our love for the body but all mankind.
Challenge yourself to create harmony today through the body of Christ. Consider uniting with other believers through Christ to be one body working together for God. Let your convictions root themselves in the instructions Christ gave as He departed this world, for you to go out and make disciples through your love. Find both motivation and comfort with the love that Christ shows for you as you look to Him as the head of the church body so you can harmonize with other believers.
Love in Christ,
One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, which do not hurt but heal.Henri Nouwen
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you look to the great conductor to make harmony with other believers? Share your thoughts on what role you feel the church body has to create unity within the world.