Have you ever heard Roman Catholic monks sing a Gregorian chant? A Gregorian chant goes back to the Middle Ages. It was an unaccompanied monophonic piece usually made for men or boy choirs in churches. It is simple, powerful and at times haunting. Within the choir there could be dozens of men, but what you would hear is one complex and beautiful voice.
Gregorian chants are not a popular music choice today, but the idea of people coming together and creating one beautiful voice is seen in chapter fifteen of the Book of Romans.
Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. Romans 15:5-7
One of the hallmarks of a Christian is that they show love to one another. With God’s love; we are able to come together with one purpose, one mind and one voice to glorify God.
What a gorgeous sound this must be to God when the body of believers does this!
The Apostle Paul recognized the grace that was given to him to be able to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. He even understood that his pedigree and privileges from being a Jew was nothing to boast about. The only thing worthy of boasting was the fact that God was working and Jesus Christ was giving hope, joy and peace to those who believed.
Paul’s hope was in what Christ had done for him and through him and not any of his works.
All of us has heard choir pieces that has had a soloist step away from the choir to do a few verses their style. Though it can be beautiful; it does bring special attention and honor to the one singing. Sometimes it can even detract from the group as a whole if not done carefully. When done properly; the attention goes back to the choir with one voice that is communicating its message.
There are times that it is seen that an individual of the Body of Christ is having solo or drawing special attention. There are some that arrogantly take the applause as their own, but when done correctly, the soloist disappears back into choir so the one voice is prominent and continues communicating its message.
When Christians come together filled with God’s love and with the same purpose, mind and voice directed to Jesus Christ; it communicates to the world the hope that they have and it takes the attention and applause off us and points it to Christ so He is glorified.
With God’s love let’s show the world the hope that we have as we come together with one purpose, one mind and in one voice glorifying Jesus Christ because He is worthy of praise.
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope….Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:4, 13