Jesus Prayed that we may be one as Christ and the father are one. What can we learn from this? Christ was completely surrendered to the will of the Father. In the same way we are called in Romans 12:16 to Live in harmony with one another.
The term harmony derives from the Greek ἁρμονία (harmonía), meaning “joint, agreement, concord.” Notes that harmonize can be different notes in different octaves but they all make up the same chords. They all go in the same direction. They all accomplish the same purpose.
Here are some practical ways this applies to local churches. God has given His church a mission to make disciples. At Washington we say it this way, “Making fully devoted followers of Christ through our five purposes, worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and missions.” Our Vision at Washington is, “Connecting to the heart of God, individually, together, and in the community.” When a local church is one, as Jesus prayed, they will be in harmony, united in purpose, and vision. When this happens personal preferences give way to the greater mission and vision. I might not care for the way a particular thing is done. I might not care for a particular teacher, or even agree completely with his or her methods, style, or approach. I might not care for the style of music, or the pastor’s bad jokes. Then why would I stay at a local church? Because, it is not about me and my preferences! It is about being in harmony with God’s mission and the vision He has given His church. I want to do my part to fulfill God’s purposes and plans in the local church.