1 Peter 2:21-25
Piano tuning is an art in which minute adjustments are made to the tension of the strings of an acoustic piano in order to assure that the interval between their tones is “in tune.” This requires an assessment of the interaction of vibration between the notes. In order to accomplish this, piano tuners use a “tuning fork” to get a fixed pitch. Usually this is A440, the note A above middle C (261.626 Hz). In his book The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer wrote: “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers [meeting] together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.” (The Pursuit of God, p. 90) We daily endeavor to be conformed to the image of our Lord and Savior. As we follow in His footsteps we find that we are one with our brothers and sisters in Christ who also are doing their best to please the Lord in their thoughts, words and deeds.
By Dr. Gayle Woods
1 Peter 2:16-18
In order to have complete control during the Third Reich, Adolph Hitler knew that he had to have the compliance of the religious sector. Therefore, he commanded all religious groups to unite. Only half of the Brethren assemblies complied. Those who did not were persecuted. Many of them died in concentration camps. Because of this division in the Brethren church there was much bitterness and tension. In an endeavor to remedy the situation leaders from both groups met for a retreat. After spending the first few days in prayer they all came together. Francis Schaeffer asked a friend who was there, “What did you do then?” “We were just one,” he replied. Confessing their bitterness to God they were melted together in love. From this we can derive an equation. Love + Respect + Genuine relationship with God = Unity. Peter noticed the same thing when he said, “Honor (Respect) all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear (Love with Awe or Respect) God.” This equals what Peter was describing as the expectation for God’s people when he called them “ . . . a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people.” Vs. 9 The many were one.
This is such a simple equation and yet for some it appears to be difficult. When God’s people truly exercise the second part of the 11th commandment and exercise respect for their brothers and sisters in the Lord they will be surprised at the outcome.
By Dr. Gayle Woods
Herman Edwards, the 10th head coach in Kansas City Chiefs history, is known for a number of things. He is an American football analyst. He played on the Philadelphia Eagles, the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons NFL teams from 1977-1986. He is also known for his “Hermisms.” One of these sound bite quotes is, “The players that play on this football team will play for the name on the side of the helmet and not the name on the back of the jersey.”
This quote carries a message similar to that given by the pyramids of the Giza Plateau. Much more than royal tombs, these pyramids represented the dignity and power of the kings. Building a pyramid was a national project which involved the whole country. Every home was involved. They sent workers, grain and food to contribute to the grandiose project which enabled the king to become a god in the afterlife. The capstone which was encased in gold signified the project was complete. At this time the whole nation celebrated. In a sense the pyramids unified the nation in service.
These two examples remind us that unity is built on a common purpose. People who have different backgrounds, talents and resources join together with a common vision to work together as one to see a cause accomplished. So, in Christ, His children are bound together in commonality. Paul says that we have “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” (Eph 4:5) In Christ, we are one in brotherhood and one in body.
By Dr. Gayle Woods