Giving ourselves for others

Date: Monday, February 24

ScriptureRomans 15:1-6

Verse: May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)

As a member of choirs and bands, I have experienced the best teamwork I have ever had the privilege to be a part. When creating music as part of a group, every member has their own part to play. The drummer is doing his thing, the keyboardist hers, and the singers something else – and often each of them is singing one of multiple vocal parts. When done correctly the pieces fit together into a single strain of beautiful music. The best musicians listen and respond to the rest of the group. When everything is going well, there is this magic moment that can happen where the members of the band feel like they are of one mind. On the spur of the moment, the guitar player decides to go into a solo, or the singer decides to repeat the first verse, and somehow the rest of the band is feeling the exact same thing. Then, without any signal, the group makes the transition together. It is a very exciting feeling. The keys do doing this well are (a) knowing your own part well, and (b) listening to the rest of the band and playing along.

In today’s passage Paul uses a similar image to describe a church functioning at its best. Every member is aware they are part of a much greater whole. So they build one another up, seek to cover one another’s mistakes, and work together while following the leader. When done well, Paul says, we can together “with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Together we can sing a song far more beautiful than any one of us could play on our own.

Far too often, we in the church can spend too much time worrying about our part. We wonder why everyone else who calls themselves Christian isn’t doing it exactly like we are. Sometimes, we amplify our part to drown out those others who are doing something different. Or, at the other extreme, we abandon what we do well in order to fit in and be like everyone else in the church. Like being part of a good band though, we need instead to know our part well, yet avoid to play a solo that drowns out the rest of the band. Then, we will be singing a single, beautiful song that glorifies Jesus.

Prayer: Teach me how to play my part well, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Action: Listen to some of your favorite music today. Listen for individual parts, and how, though different, they are part of the same song.

Respond: Have you ever been part of a group/band/choir/team, that worked together so well you functioned as a whole? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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