One Hundred Pianos: Finding Unity in the Chaos

How Great It is to Be Married to a Woman Who Loves Tozer

Unity is a great value. But how do we go about pursuing it? What is the best process for uniting hearts in a vision that sustains a Christological focus? Jesus began with prayer.

…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.                   –John 17:21

Tozer thought long on these issues. Here’s what he had to say about them in his little book, The Pursuit of God.  Like everything else he wrote, it is worth rereading and reflecting. Thanks once again, to my beautiful bride for passing this along to me.

“Someone may fear that we are magnifying private religion out of all proportion, that the “us” of the New Testament is being displaced by a selfish “I.” 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 worshippers meeting 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. Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified. The body becomes stronger as its members become healthier. The whole church of God gains when the members that compose it begin to seek a better and a higher life.
                                                                    —AW Tozer; The Pursuit of God, 90.

2 thoughts on “One Hundred Pianos: Finding Unity in the Chaos

  1. I like the analogy of the piano and tuning fork. And while the tuning fork helps to keep the pianos in tune, the piano plays many different tunes based on the piano players. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit leads all piano players to be faithful to the original tunes that Christ taught us and that those who play the piano may practice long and passionately so that the music will always be with excellence and appealing to the listeners. And like in music, there are many styles, so it seems that in proclaiming the gospel, there are also many styles and methods to appeal to a diversity of human tastes.


  2. Paul,
    I like your thinking brother. Good extension of the metaphor. There is only one gospel but it is played (told) by many different servants. Blessings to you my friend.


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