14 Dec 2018
Are We Robots?
Psalm 133 is a short but powerful teaching all about the consequences for God’s people when they live in unity. But what is unity? Is it a whole regiment of identical robots all doing the same thing in the same way at the same time?
Or is it unity as our friend Paul describes it in 1 Corinthians 12:18-19 (NLT):
“But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part!”
The natural body is only healthy when all the parts work together, functioning as one unit yet made up of many diverse elements. As followers of Christ we are His body – one Body with many parts – and the same thing applies. Unity does not mean that we all possess the same gift from God. No matter how amazing that gift might be it would be wasted without the cohesive relationship God has designed to exist between all His precious giftings.
I like the way the New Living Translation translates the word “unity” as “harmony”. I remember many years ago hearing an impromptu performance from some Maori families and church members whose bus had broken down just outside a drop-in cafe we helped out at.
It was a dark winter night, so we sat them down with hot chocolate and biscuits while they waited, and someone got out a guitar. One rich, beautiful voice began to sing and gradually others joined in, spontaneously harmonising in worship to God. It was stunning and unforgettable. This is the harmony God desires for His body.
Pause and reflect: “Dear Father God, reveal to each of us what You mean by unity so we can joyfully and humbly harmonise with our brothers and sisters for Your Glory alone. Amen.”