Just a little over a week ago, my girlfriend and I had the pleasure of going to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. It was an amazing time together and I have to say a special thank you to her next door neighbour for blessing us with the tickets. It was a wonderful night together.
While I was sitting there listening to the different scores of music being played, I was in absolute awe of how all the different instruments worked together to make a beautiful sound. Each musician had an important part to play and they each knew what that role was. Without the second violin, the piece wouldn't sound the same. Without the first French horn, the piece would have a total different interpretation. It didn't matter what chair you sat in, each musician was important to the overall sound of the piece being played.
Then it hit me, the church today is supposed to work much like this group of musicians were working together. Each of us has an important part to play. It doesn't matter in which 'chair' we sit in, we have a role to fill in the greater purpose of the church. We are not just seat fillers, but we have purpose. Sure, some of us take on more recognized roles like pastor, deacon or elder, but those roles are not more important than the greeter, offering counter or kid's program volunteer. Each person brings a completion to the whole sound of the completed piece. We are all members in God's orchestra and we are to make a joyful noise. If one of us doesn't support the whole, the full sound isn't accomplished. We are all important into what God is doing and how he wants to do it whether we are recognized (like the pianist was that night) or whether we go unnoticed. The truth is, we don't do it for the recognition; we do it as a service to our Heavenly Father. In Paul's letter to the Colossians, he urges them: "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favourites"(Colossians 3:23-25, NLT).
The night was thoroughly enjoyable and I was very fortunate that I was able to share it with such an incredible girl, but I am also grateful that in those moments when we least expect it that God uses something so simple, yet so beautiful to remind me of His plans for me. I am truly a blessed man and I have a whole new appreciation for His Orchestra. Play on, church! Play on!
Never Lose the Passion,