Using our Gifts to Make Beautiful Music Together
We promised you, dear reader, a follow up to our last blog. The Frog in the Pot. Alas, the Frog would not get out of the pot and has become quite cooked. But we hope to find another soon. Please accept this offering for now.
One in the Spirit.
Jesus prays for his church: “May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in complete unity so that the world may believe you sent me.” (John 17: 21)
Jesus’ promise to his church: “Even if just two of you are in harmony with each other, when you pray for anything, it will be done for you…..” (Matthew 18:19, Our translation)
Need for unity in the church: Often in his letters, St. Paul’s emphasized the need for unity in the church, none more eloquently than his metaphor of the church being like the human body—one body, yet made up of many individual members.
Another Metaphor for the Church Thre are other metaphors that might be especially relevant today. If you’ve played on a sports team or were in a musical group, you’ve felt the thrill of uniting with others to win a game or produce something really beautiful, like Handel’s Messiah. Imagine how thrilled Handel was when he heard his masterpiece performed. Imagine how Jesus’ delights in us when we use our gifts in harmony with one another. There is a place for solos in the church, but the church is a team. Blending our gifts with one another to make beautiful music for Him should be the norm.
Below is a musical group metaphor in I Cor 12 to describe how the church should function
….14 For a band or orchestra is not made up of one instrument alone, but many different kinds. 15 If the oboe player were to say, “Because I cannot play the trumpet, I don’t belong, “that doesn’t hold water. 15 And if the flautist were to say, “Because I am not a bass, I don’t belong, that’s not true either. 17 If the whole band were just the flute, who would provide rhythms? And if all were the bass, who would do the melody? 18 As it is, the composer has written parts for every kind of instruments to play his great music.
19 There would be no band at all if all played the same instrument! ,,,,21 So then, the drummer cannot say to the trombonist, “I don’t need you!” Nor can the guitarist say to the flautist, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, all the instruments are needed. even little ones like the piccolo 23 Now the piccolo player might not seem to be important, but just think how he is needed in a piece like “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
25 Moreover, band members can’t go off on their own tunes. And even though each instrument is tuned to different keys, they still manage to blend with one another. 26 If one instrument is off key, the whole band suffers as well as the composition. If one player is praised, however, all the others share in the glory.
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