Tuesday, November 22, 2011

One Voice

"Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Romans 15:5-6

Like-mindedness among Christians is a gift from God. We need His Spirit to unify us. The Lord Jesus prayed that believers would all be one, so that the world would believe that the Father had sent the Son. "Picture an orchestra warming up before a concert. The violins play one thing, the trumpets work on their scales, the trombones practice something else, the clarinets are doing their own thing, and the flutes, well, the flutes are in their own little world. That’s the way it is when you warm up. There is no melody, just a cacophony of unrelated sounds. But everything changes when the conductor lifts his baton. Suddenly the noise stops. Every eye is on him. When he brings the baton down, the music starts, and what had been unconnected noise now becomes beautiful music. If each person played whatever he wanted, the result would be chaos. But when those very different instruments blend together on the same song following the same conductor, the result is wonderful.  In the church we are called to blend our hearts and our voices to the purpose of our conductor, the Lord Jesus Christ. When we follow His lead, the church produces a symphony of praise that the world cannot ignore." -- Ray Pritchard

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