440 pitch

Have you ever heard the term “440 pitch”? 440 pitch is 440 Hz tone, sometimes denoted as A440, that serves as the standard for musical pitch. It is the universal frequency or note that all instruments are set to. For those who know how to read music, 440 pitch is Concert A which is the A above middle C. Standard pitch became absolutely necessary the first time two musicians got together to play their instruments at the same time (at least if they wanted it to sound good). An instrument called a tuning fork is normally used to set the pitch.

It was with this concept in mind that author A.W. Tozer once asked the question, “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos 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.”

In other words, unity is not achieved by the individual members of the group seeking to be in harmony with each other but, rather, by the members seeking to be in harmony with that which is the ultimate source of a true tone. Paul warns us about the foolishness of comparing ourselves to each other in 2 Corinthians 10:12. The reason, of course, is because of the false standard that invariably results when we look to other humans as the standard for truth. When we allow a person or a group of people to define “concert pitch” we might have unity for a while but, inevitably, corrupt human nature is going to vary the pitch which always results in turmoil, conflict and confusion.

True unity occurs when we are “joined together” in Christ (Ephesians 2:21). This “true pitch” occurs when we, as individuals, seek a thriving relationship with Christ for ourselves, allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us into the likeness of Jesus. True unity among believers, as the Scripture depicts as the norm, is a direct outflow and byproduct of us becoming like him!


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