The Orchestra

My wife plays the clarinet in the local community orchestra. So, twice each year our family will go to hear her play in a concert. It is very enjoyable.

At the most recent concert, I was struck by the way in which each instrument in the orchestra plays their little part in making the entire piece sound so nice. Everyone doesn’t do the same thing. Some instruments are playing the harmony. Other instruments are playing the counter-melody. From time to time they switch their roles. Sometimes the violins are prominent. At other times, the trumpets or the cellos or the trombones take the lead.

When Paul described the church, he described it as individuals all playing their roles to build the entire body. “The whole body, being fitten and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:16). Every believer has a part to play in the orchestra called the church.

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