In the Lord, however, women is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman - 1 Corinthians 11:11 NIV
When I graduated from college, I accepted a position in the Greater Boston area. One of the things that I did while living there was to go and listen to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. For one that was not used to this type of music, I found the orchestra exhilarating. I was fascinated by the beautiful music that the various instruments made. The friend that I was went who with was familiar the orchestra and its history explained to me the preparation that goes into every concert. I found out that the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert back in 1881 and has been making beautiful music ever since.
The relationship between a man and a woman is like the interaction between the families of instruments in an orchestra. Independently the music that they make may sound nice, but when they are combined together, it becomes an art form. The thing that makes an orchestra really special is the conductor. The conductor instructs the musicians on the tempo of the music in addition to how loud they should play. If our relationship with our wives or significant others are going to be effective, we will need a conductor to direct us in order to make sweet music. For Christians, the conductor that controls our tempo is God. If we have God at the center of our life and submit to Him to direct our tempo along with how loud we should play, our chances of having a relationship that makes sweet music for us and those around us to enjoy become greater. Having a harmonious relationship has an impact on our family and friends and creates a lasting legacy for future generations.
Men, when we will learn the beauty that comes from making music in harmony with our wife and significant other? As the apostle Paul stated in his letter to the church at Corinth, man and women were formed for the purpose to enjoy each other and are not independent of each other. Each, as the instruments in an orchestra, need each other and should enjoy the benefit of a relationship that serves to promote the welfare of both parties. With that in mind, we should begin the process of establishing the framework needed to make sweet music with each other. It takes practice like the musicians of the world renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra engage in, but the results are worth the effort.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.