Beautiful Music

Joel Plantinga

READ : Romans 12:9-21

Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. (v. 16)

The orchestra is a perfect picture of harmony. A diverse collection of instruments, each able to make music on its own, comes together under the leadership of a conductor. As one, the orchestra produces a perfect mix of sound, bringing pleasure and emotion to the listener. Each musician plays his or her role as directed by the conductor in a way that makes the most of each instrument and works in the best interest of the score.

Our relationships with one another succeed only when each individual is first committed to the group. While we each have dreams and aspirations, we realize that our primary commitment is to the body of Christ. This includes an obligation both to Christ and each other. At times, our pride creeps in and tempts us to believe that we are superior, more mature, more talented, or even more valuable to the church. This sinful attitude keeps us from being in harmony with each other, causing division and resentment.

Just as an orchestra comes together to make beautiful music, God’s people living in harmony make a joyful noise to our conductor – and a powerful witness to the world.


Lord, help my attitude build harmony and unity within the church. Amen.