Well Orchestrated

    As I am preparing music for Advent, one (many) of our songs has a full orchestra, choir, praise band and it sounds amazing. I know what you are thinking and of course it’s live at least when they recorded it. Technology is a wonderful thing. I love powerful music that sends chills down your spine. Not all music does that. But when you combine the word of God with an orchestra, choir and praise band –amazing. As I was listening I could not help but think about the body of Christ. Colossians 1:15The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” 1 Corinthians 12:12Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
    When the church works the way it is intended to, then you have amazing results. Works means Jesus is the head and we do what he says. As I listened to the orchestra you have the same thing. The individual musician needs to have it together. Each instrument has to be tuned. The musician also has to follow their parts precisely and together the sound is amazing. As they follow the notes and pauses, the crescendos and decrescendos etc., the unity of all the musicians sound spectacular. Otherwise it sounds terrible. If everyone did his or her own thing and started and stopped without listening to the conductor you would not have music but clanging symbols. I am so tired of hearing that church isn’t perfect but isn’t it strange that you can listen to music that is. Isn’t it time that the church makes some beautiful music together in unity instead of having musicians playing un-tuned instruments and playing their own songs. Until we get away from people doing their own thing as Judges 21:25 “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit we will not be the church. The results of this are as Ruth 1:1 states “In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land.” Jesus is the head of the church. Its time to move again as one man. Judges 20:11 “So all the men of Israel got together and united as one man against the city.