Thursday, September 24, 2009

Distinctive Melodies

If…lifeless instruments, such as the flute or harp,
do not give indistinct notes, how will anyone know
what is played?

I Corinthians 14:8

Enthusiastically they reasoned, if other kids could do it what was stopping them! They would form a band. After all, they “knew” all the popular songs. Rehearsals would be at our home. One of them had a keyboard, another a violin, a few of them could sing, even a small set of drums appeared on the appointed day. An hour later they were gone. “What happened to rehearsal?” I asked my daughter. “Oh, it didn’t sound very good. None of us really knew how to play the instruments.”

The next time you listen to your favorite piece of music remember what is required to produce the notes. Your enjoyment didn’t just happen. Before the music made its way out of your stereo or iPod, a huge amount of time, effort, dedication, commitment and practice preceded.

Some, like myself, may play an instrument but you’ll never hear my recordings! Long ago I stopped practicing and while I may still have the ability to sit down and play through a piece, the music isn’t very distinctive.

The community of believers is full of musicians. Some have learned the beginning spiritual lessons reciting them as crisply as a “C” scale, but that’s where it stops. Others want to learn how to be a follower. Satisfied with do’s and don’ts the music they produce, while clear, is stilted, never becoming anything more. Then there are those who want to live the Jesus way. Learning, practicing, feeling the music in their marrow, their lives become distinctive melodies that encourage others to become Music students.

Jesus, forgive me when I don’t take the time to
keep learning and practicing what it
means to be Your follower. Help me to be a melody
that draws people to You

1 comment:

full of hope said...

Thank you for this analogy and for your prayer for help to keep learning and practicing to be a follower of Jesus so that I can "be a melody that draws people" to Him. So much has been going on in my life in recent weeks, that I am "out of practice" in spending quality with the Lord. You reminded me that it is only when I am in tune with the Spirit, that I can be most effectively used in the lives of others. Some of the verses I especially love are Psalm 119:74,79,80: "I want people to rejoice when they see me BECAUSE my hope is in the Lord...and those who know God to turn to be BECAUSE I know His statutes." I can only point others to Him by when I have spent time with Him.