“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“To Sum Up”
(Please read 1 Peter 3:7-9)
Back in the 1970’s at least some cars could have an unusual problem. The car would show all the symptoms of needing a tune-up, when maybe it had just recently had one. A car afflicted with this particular condition would develop the shakes so violently that it became difficult to drive or ride in the thing.
Then the owner would get the rude surprise that his car needed a replacement “harmonic balancer,” a part at the end of the crankshaft designed to keep the crankshaft turning in precise circles. An expensive but necessary part.
Isn’t “harmonic balancer” a pleasant name? And don’t you wish the churches had them, or, if we have them, that they worked better? It is true, of course, that leaders of a congregation are generally the kind of people who are interested in church harmony, but we all know that churches sometimes lose their harmonic aura and let the sour notes of strife predominate. Then instead of a beautiful, living symphony of selfless devotion to the Lord and one another, the listening world hears a cacophony of unyielding demands for the satisfaction of personal preferences, sometimes resulting in the establishment of competing “choirs” unable to make the sweet music of former times.
Such a thing happened in New Testament times, too. Recognizing the problems disharmony could cause, Peter wrote the wonderful advice in our text. Here is his five-point digest on how to get along together as Christians:
“To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit.”
To sum up, let’s try that continually; it’s bound to work.