I know this will sound strange at first, but follow this amazing illustration offered by Christian recording artist and church planter, Tauren Wells. As a musician, he understands the divine metaphors found in music. Turns out, you and I are just like “Guitar Strings.” Stand alone, guitar strings have tons of potential, but no actionable value, until they are “CONNECTED TO WHAT THEY WERE MADE FOR.”

The guitar you see above has a headstock where the wire tighteners are located. The body below is where they ground together and their harmonic life (together) is amplified in their union. Now, being bound up at two ends sounds like a very confining and limiting experience (stuck in place). But only when we are fully connected to the Head (Jesus) and to the Body (Church) are we ready to make the full tones and music of heaven with our lives.

To live as a string that is connected to Jesus, but not to the body, is to be a free-floating wire that has no sound or harmony with others. Jesus, as the head of the body, the church (Colossians 1:18), commands the unity and tension of all the wires (peoples) to make their sound in tune and in one accord. He is the one who tightens the string of our life, raising the tension so we can live in the right pitch.

Sound (on a guitar) comes from tension. Pastor Tauren Wells says, “Where you feel the tension, you discover God’s intention [purpose] for you.” Operating with full connection to both Jesus and His church is the sweet spot of operating in the giftings and graces of heaven. No one is saying being around people is always easy. Good relationships take hard work, bottom line! But towards anchored identification we must all strive.

The Greek word sumphoneo, where we get our modern English word Symphony is used to describe being in agreement, in unison, in one accord, to speak together, to concur with one another. This has been translated as “agree” (Matthew 18:19-20). As music composer and Worship Leader Lowell Hohstadt has observed, “agreement creates power: the power of answered prayer, the power of the Presence of God.” This is the gift of tension; the tension of being unreservedly attached to the body and to the head that tightens us. Would this be an apt description of your faith and discipleship?

Please click on the Instagram link (https://www.instagram.com/p/CyCJNBRvrXt/) and listen to this amazing short video on the theology of being connected and playing together in tension. This is the harmony of Heaven you and I were intended to make! As Peter reminds the church:
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble” (1 Peter 3:8).

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Pastor David

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