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Making the World Go ‘Round in Harmony

Romans 12:16-18, “Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”



There are many songs about the world working together in perfect harmony. Countless theories have been given as to what needs to be done for this world, this country, to come together in harmony. My theory comes down to this. Unless the world, this country, our state, our hometown, our church, our family, all moved together towards Christ as our center, harmony will always be hard to achieve.

 

     I think we all can say we have seen a bicycle tire, yes? If I asked you to tell me what you see when you look at a tire, what kind of responses do you think I'd get. There's the inner tube, the tire, the valve for air. Hmm, there are the reflectors, possibly brakes. There are the spokes and the sprocket of the wheel, where the whole tire is held together and is what keeps the tire moving round and around.

 

     Let's focus on the spokes for a moment. If you can picture it with me in your mind. The tire spinning so nicely. It's interesting how each spoke is spaced equally around the wheel yet to work properly they all move closer together until they reach the middle sprocket where they all fit precisely, and then the wheel moves as a unit. Also do you notice that as they move toward the middle, they move closer to each other. The spokes of the tire show how that, to work in unity and in harmony, they must come together.

     Think about what would happen if just one popped out of the sprocket. What if it decides it doesn't want to stay in that part of the tire. The wheel won't work like it should. It might still go around, but it might get wobbly. It could also possibly cause some other spokes to fall out.

 

     Where am I going with this? We are all God's creation and are meant to live a life lived in Him. Our call as Christians is to work on sharing the good news of Jesus’ love for us, what He has done for us, and the promise of salvation. Jesus is the sprocket in our life, and we are the spokes. Our first job in life is to stay connected to Him, and then keep moving forward closer to Him.

     As we do this in life with other Christians, we will find we begin to work in unity and harmony. We will also find ourselves moving closer together where we can find strength to help each other move forward in all that comes to us in life.

     But we have to be careful. One person deciding to pull away from Jesus, our center, could begin to mess up the flow of harmony. It could also cause others to leave Christ, breaking up the unity of God's people.

 

     Unfortunately, this world will never work in perfect harmony as long as the devil has his say. But there will come a day when the Lord returns, and once we are all on the new earth we will have perfect harmony.

     Until then, we can do what we can in our homes and church. We may not be able to change our entire community, but our words and actions can make a difference when we show Christ living through us.

     God created harmony everywhere.  Trillions of different parts fulfill their prescribed functions.  Two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom harmonize to create water.  Gravity does its part and pulls water downhill. We need oxygen to breathe, and water to drink, to live.

     Our lungs draw in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide which plants then use to make more oxygen which then joins with hydrogen to make more water. This happens regularly for years on end.  Harmony is essential to life everywhere.

     In the same way, God asks His people to live in harmony because that is essential to spiritual life.  We each have our part as determined by God’s design and His sovereign control of the circumstances of our lives.  We fit together in an infinity of configurations to live for God and do His will.  Therefore, this command to live in harmony with one another is huge in its importance.

“Christians are the body of Christ, a body with parts that are to function together in harmony.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Cor 12:27

 

     Harmony is working together rather than alone or in different directions.  It involves at least cooperation, collaboration, and synergy to mesh our different assets to serve God together, efficiently, and effectively. When we chose Jesus, we were given some spiritual gifts that God intends for us to use to help further the gospel and to work together in harmony. We need to take stock of what we each bring to every task the Lord gives us, in our Christian friendships, in our Christian families, and in our Christian marriages.  When we determine to serve God together, we must be ready to harmonize, or fit together, our different talents and gifts when we receive an assignment.

     The good news is that God has given us power in community to live together in harmony. When we walk with God, have a connection with Him, stay connected to the sprocket, we will be able to start to walk in peace with those around us. They say, it only takes one spark. Be that spark today, let the peace of God flow through you so others will begin to see the harmony in you and possibly spread it to others. One goal, one God, one Savior. Begin there, plant the seeds you can, and let the Lord grow the harvest. That is what the Lord requires from us.

 

Holy God. May our lives worship You more because by imitation we reflect to You that perfect harmony and teamwork of Your three personalities of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Please help us understand that every opportunity to do something for You, on a team or committee is an opportunity to worship You through harmony. Help us all to prepare for heaven by growing more completely so that we may experience the power and great joy of working together in harmony to glorify You and do Your will. In Jesus name, amen.



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