One hundred pianos and one tuning fork
The sermon today was preached from the Gospel of John chapter 17, the pastoral prayer of Jesus and in the midst of preaching, AW Tozer was quoted.
“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.” ― A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
I never saw unity from this perspective before. I have had many rounds of church theme with the subject of unity and I just realised now that I've only seen it from the perspective of our own effort in making it work together. But it will only work if each of us strived to be attuned to Jesus, and only then will we be attuned to one another. And with the right intentions too.
I've experienced ugly and horrid breakups in relationships in church before, and they were not nice scenes. Appalling in fact, the hatred, the self-centeredness. If only they had just looked to Jesus and Jesus alone.