A United Choir
Have you ever sat in church and just listened to the singing after the song started? Have you ever been able to pick out certain voices? Christ’s church is just like a chorus. Every voice is different just like every person is different. Some are basses or sopranos just like certain people are talented teachers while others are gifted speakers. Yet, regardless of background or role, everyone follows the instructions of Christ the conductor. He harmonizes us all under a common purpose: to glorify Him.
The devil seeks to divide God’s people and have us spiritually discourage one another by convincing us to show partiality. However, James 2:1 says, “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.” James then begins to talk about not favoring a rich man over a poor man. In James 2:5 he tells us, “Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?” In context, the verse is referencing people from a monetary standpoint, but let us not forget to be impartial toward those who are strong or weak in faith as well. Through the author James, God is telling His children that everyone has the opportunity to add value and beauty to His choir.
Ephesians 5:15-21 reads, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is…addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” God’s church is one of discipline, correction, truth, hospitality, and love. In it we do not follow our own opinions or ideas, but Christ’s example. He died for everyone. He died so that God can guide the one lost sheep back to safety in His flock. Romans 15:5-7 says, “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Are you as welcoming to others as Christ has welcomed you?