Yesterday, some men from our church brought home a great blessing- a baby grand piano for use in our sanctuary. After a long day and a few close calls, it was erected on the platform and now shines in grandeur on the platform. It is beautiful.
On our way to get it yesterday I called our pianist to have him schedule a tuning before Sunday. At this very moment, a very kind gentleman from Port Orange is tuning it.
As the sounds of his tuning waft through our church and to my office at this very moment, I began thinking about the principles of harmony in the spiritual life espoused by Paul in Second Corinthians chapter six. The Word of God says,
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
In offering polar-opposites in the Christian life, Paul says, “Does Jesus harmonize with the Devil?” “Does light harmonize with darkness?” Righteousness and unrighteousness: do they make a joyful “chord” in our lives?
The answer to these questions is a resounding, “No!” Jesus and the Devil, light and darkness, sin and righteousness do not make a harmonic sound.
So, how do you get your life in “harmony” with God? Just as we brought in a “professional” to tune that new piano, God wants to send His Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, into our lives to tune us up to perform in harmony for God.
Consider the following perceptions:
- The tuner tests all of the keys in particular. As I listen, he works up and down the keyboard giving each string its own time in his hands. We may speak of the whole keyboard, but the keyboard is made up of 88 individual keys. If one is out of tune, we could say that the whole piano is out of tune.
Are we the kind of Christian that lets God have access to all the strings of our lives? Someone might say, “Well, 87 of my keys are in tune, except one.” The response would be, “Well, 87 is not 88- your life is out of tune.” Do you surrender all?
- Tuners use instruments to work with the strings. As Mr. Colston came in today he had some instruments to help with the tuning. Though he had few, our God has at His disposal a world of instruments to bring our lives in tune with His perfect will. To some strings, He has to apply greater pressure because they have been out of tune for many years.
The piano being replaced was an old Wurlitzer. It had been out of tune for a long time and the man who tuned it warned me before beginning that some of those strings had been out of tune for such a long time that in working with them they might break. Oh how we ought to take seriously our life and its harmony with God.
Our God may use the instrument of sickness, setback, sorrow and a variety of other methods to get our attention- He does this because He loves us.
- The sounds of our life are inter-connected. As the tuner works up and down the keyboard, he plays two, three or four strings together, to check their harmony with one another. You see, harmony is not an individual concept- it is a musical fact based upon several sounds occurring together.
After you have worked with people for a while, it becomes rather obvious when some of their strings are out of tune- it begins to affect other parts of their lives.
In Psalm 51 David said, Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners shall be converted unto thee. You see, when David lost his joy, he lost his heart for telling others about Christ.
- The tuner spends his time working on the inside. Mr. Colston had some very kind remarks about the appearance of the piano, but it was not for the outside that he came. He came to work on the strings; he came to work on the inside.
You see, when our life is out of harmony, our problems begin on the inside. Troubled strings spring from the heart. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23, Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. When God is allowed by His Spirit to daily tune our lives, He will invade our hearts and work on the inside.
The difference is, when we are in harmony on the inside the outside areas of our lives reflect that harmony. Moses face shone with the glory of God when he descended from Sinai, because it is impossible to spend time with the Lord Jesus Christ and your face not to show it.
As he continues to work to this time, he will eventually get all 88 strings in agreement with one another. As for our lives, I am not sure how long it will take the Lord to accomplish that. That detail is up to us.