I saw a video yesterday that perfectly illustrates God’s design for the church – diversity within unity. This commercial for Android features two grand pianos. Both have 88 keys. One has the full range of notes. The other has 88 keys all tuned to middle C.
I’m going to admit it right up front. I heard the illustration in church yesterday. I did not come up with it, but I did ask the pastor if I could borrow his idea for today’s blog. Check out the short video now:
The music from the piano on the left sounds like the composer intended. Full, rich, a harmony of sound blending together into something greater than the sum of the individual notes.
The music from the piano on the right is monotone. Flat and lifeless.
God designed the church to be like the piano on the left. Eighty-eight keys each playing a different note, but working together in perfect harmony:
- Each with a different gift (Romans 12:4).
- Each given by God for a specific purpose (Romans 12:7).
- All of us working together to serve the same Lord (Romans 12:5).
- All working to build up the Church and share Jesus (Ephesians 4:12).
Different gifts, different tasks, but the same goal. One heart, one mind, one faith (Ephesians 4:4-6).
Together but not the same. Diverse, but unified.
Maybe if the Church plays loud enough the world will hear.