by Calven Celliers
Last week a friend of mine shared this really encouraging video clip with me:
Better together! What a fantastic slogan. Simply put, when other people are in our lives, we not only survive, we thrive!
God has created and called us into relationships. Not only has He called us into a personal relationship with Himself, but He invites us to have significant relationships with other humans.
In his letter to the Church at Rome, the apostle Paul made a simplistic appeal, “16 Live in harmony with one another…” (Romans 12:16NIV)
Harmony, as all musicians know, is a pleasing arrangement of different parts. You get harmony when different notes are joined together in such a way that one note enriches and complements another. Harmony is not unison. You don’t get harmony by everyone playing the same note. You get harmony when different notes are brought together. Harmony does not mean that everyone thinks the same, does the same, or is the same.
“Live in harmony with one another” means that believers should live in such a way that we enrich and complement each other. By joining together, we are more than any of us would be on our own. There is a display of beauty that comes from taking what is distinct and different and making it one – life is better together!
Just like the majestic redwood trees that survive because they live in groves with their root systems entangled with numerous other trees, support each other, so too we can’t survive alone. We need each other. We were never meant to go it alone. We need the support of one another to make it. One of the major purposes of the Christian church is for the very purpose of encouraging and supporting one another.
When we have real, connecting relationships in our lives, we can know and be known; love and be loved; celebrate and be celebrated; and serve and be served.