Spirit of Unity


When individual singers focus on a common goal, share the composer’s vision, and follow the director’s tempo, a choir can become one organic voice. The same is true for Christians who unite in harmony to glorify God.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5–6, NIV

The middle school choir members blinked up at me. Dacia poked Roberta. Timothy yawned loudly. Jerome shuffled in late. I tapped the baton on my music stand and everyone sat up taller. “From the beginning.”

The pianist plunged into the introduction and we dove into the anthem.

One of the more hyperactive boys charged forward in the music, trying to drag the rest of the choir behind him. Then the sopranos belted out the melody, but drowned out the male voices to a dim mutter. I waved my arms around ineffectually. Tempos clashed, notes collided and each verse was a new opportunity for uneven stops and starts.

The music teacher was on maternity leave, and I was just helping out for a few weeks. I suddenly had a new appreciation for her work.

A choir can’t function without unity. Chords won’t blend if each singer is ignoring the other vocalists, the accompaniment, and the musical director. On the other hand, when all the singers focus on a common goal, share the composer’s vision for the piece, and follow the director’s dynamics and tempo, a choir can become one organic voice that creates a beautiful moment of transcendent art.

Romans 15 tells us that God wants us to unite with others to glorify God with one heart and mouth. Glorifying God encompasses more than singing. It’s how we serve others as the Body of Christ, how we reach out to share truth with the world, as well as how we worship. The spirit of unity is as challenging for us as it was for my middle school choir. Thankfully, God provides a clue when He tells us it will happen, “as you follow Christ Jesus.” I’m so grateful that in our efforts to unite as followers of Christ, we have a director with the confidence and skill to lead us into beautiful harmony.

FAITH STEP: Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus and follow His tempo today.

Contributed by Sharon Hinck

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