For as long as I can remember, I have always loved music. There is something magical that takes place when powerful words are combined with a mesmerizing rhythm. Many years ago a dear friend of mine wanted to “expand my horizon” and asked me to join her at the Symphony.
At first I balked and burst into a hysterical laugh as I stated “NO way” but then I remembered my father and his love for classical music and I decided to give it a try. After all, I loved playing the piano as a youngster how bad could it be?
After we arrived, I was overwhelmed at the size of the symphony hall and stage as some of the musicians were warming up. I was impressed and thrilled to be there. I could see the instruments I remembered from band class. The violins, drums, the flutes, all the horns including trombones (which I tried unsuccessfully to learn as a youth) I could not wait for the performance to start!
The lights dimmed as the conductor rose up from below to lead the musicians. Then the music began. It started off as a whisper as I leaned forward in my seat to take it all in. As all the instruments began playing harmoniously, the concert hall was engulfed with the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard! I was entranced and hypnotized by the music as they played so beautifully in unison.
I remembered some of the music from my childhood that my father played on the radio and other songs which played in some of my favorite movies. I leaned over to my friend and said “I recognize that song!” She smiled at me as she could see the joy on my face as we enjoyed the magnificent performance. Oh how I hope to return and experience that again someday!
Did you know that God has chosen us to be instruments for Him? Currently in Sunday School we are going through the book of Acts and as we read in chapter 9 a particular verse hit me. When I got home I went back and read it some more and marked in my bible as a reminder. Here it what is says;
But the Lord said to him, “Go for he is a chosen instrument of mine, to bear My name to the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel.” Acts 9:15.
Wow…”chosen instrument of mine” spoke to me in that moment. God was speaking to the disciple Ananias about Saul who would then become the apostle Paul. Ananias was fearful to help Saul as instructed by God to heal the blindness which struck him when God approached Saul on the way to Damascus to persecute Christians.
God reassured Ananias that He had chosen Saul as an instrument to spread His word to the Gentiles. It’s because of the ministry of the Apostle Paul that almost half the books in the New Testament were written. Books that give us admonition, instruction, and encouragement in the Christian faith.
So what kind of instrument are you for God? [clickToTweet tweet=”Do people hear sour notes or does your life make beautiful music that glorifies God? ” quote=”Do people hear sour notes or does your life make beautiful music that glorifies God? ” theme=”style3″]
As I mentioned earlier I played the piano as a youth and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The excitement of preparing for a recital and the feeling of accomplishment when perfecting a difficult song gave me such joy. Unfortunately, there were things that began to interfere with my piano playing as I got older…mainly sports. I am sad to say I stopped playing the piano as a teenager…something I deeply regret even today.
My passion for music still exists and I am still touched to the core by a beautiful song. I learned so much from my experience of playing the piano for years. I want to share with you today 5 keys we can use to help us in making beautiful music as instruments for Christ.
Practice. I loved practicing my jump shot or working hard learning to dribble with both hands to become a better basketball player. I even enjoyed football practice in the 100 degree plus heat! However, I was not consistent in practicing the piano but I would get excited to practice when I was selected to perform a specific piece for a recital my teacher had planned.
However, as Christians, we have to practice Christ likeness ALL the TIME. We do not receive an advance warning of an attack from Satan or the opportunity to be a witness in word or deed. When we make a concerted effort to consistently practice Christ-like habits, we are better prepared in every situation.
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with great patience and instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2
Patience. I seem to include patience in a lot of my posts. Mostly because it is a weakness of mine and a constant struggle. Whether we are waiting to hear from God or needing to show patience to others, we must exhibit patience like Christ. Oh what amazing grace He shows us! I am thankful for the undeserved patience and grace He gives me every day. As a reflection of Christ, He expects us to have patience in every circumstance.
Perseverance. There were many times when learning a song that I wanted to just toss the sheet music across the room and call it a day. No matter how many times I would try I could not get it right. However, I was determined to press forward and continue despite the difficult cords I was struggling with. On a much different level, there will be trials and tribulations that wobble us at times and may even knock us off our feet. We must remember that we are not doing this on our own but we always have Almighty God there to lead us. He is our Conductor!
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial. For once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those that love Him.” James 1:12.
Praise. I stated earlier how much I absolutely love music. There is something invigorating when you hear a beautiful or favorite song. It makes you want to jump and shout Hallelujah! Your spirit is lifted and your heart beats faster as you sing along. We must remember our true joy comes from the Lord. He has blessed us so much and promises to continue as we seek Him. Praise Him in everything; during good times and bad. When people see us, they should see the joy of the Lord shining through.
Passion. My passion for athletics overtook the enjoyment of playing the piano. I thought about and prepared for the games. I enjoyed every minute of grueling practice for the games. I made sure I ate enough for energy. I studied my playbooks till I knew each play by heart. In fact, when given the choice, I gave up playing to focus on my athletics.
Our passion for Christ should consume us to the point that it flows out of our pores! From the time we wake up until we lie down; our passion for Christ should energize us and inspire those who come in contact with us.
If we desire to make beautiful music for God, we cannot do it in our own strength or knowledge. We must keep our eyes on the DIVINE CONDUCTOR…Jesus Christ! He provides the instruction, direction, and wisdom for our lives we need to do His will.
In closing, Remember God has placed you right where He wants you and chosen you to be a member of His Orchestra of Love. I hope you will join me in making beautiful music for God’s glory!