Are You In Tune?
"Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy." -Psalm 33:3 Did you know that God made us like instruments? He is always singing a song over our lives (Zephaniah 3:17). He made us as "instruments" of His glory, to dispense His "music" (His nature & life) into the world. We don't have to play gospel or Christian music to be truly inspired by Him, or any type of music from real instruments for that matter. Music occurs as we play to our strengths and talents in Him. Sometimes the song is loud and jubilant. Sometimes the song is soft and quiet. But if we allow God to play though us, the music we create can bring others to a saving knowledge of Him. Problems arise in our lives when we become "out of tune". We're responsible for tuning ourselves, according to His nature. What I mean by this is keeping our hearts in check - keeping our motives aligned with His. Are we letting go of offense or are we holding grudges? Are we meditating on the truth or thinking lies? What is our thought-life like? How do we treat others - do we apply the Golden Rule? And what are we doing when no one's looking? Do we experience joy in our lives? God can help tune us, but it requires our participation. We can learn to be open and inclined to His voice, having an open heart and seeking Him. We can ask for the input of people we know and trust, who have been proven in areas where we need a thoughtful check-up. We can read the Word and worship Him, getting to know the person of God. As we do this, we will continue to conform to His likeness. His likeness for us, though exhibiting the same fruits of the Spirit, (Galatians 5:22,23) is an expression of Him through a song different from anyone else. Are you in tune? Ask the Holy Spirit if there are areas in your life where you may need to get in tune, in order to allow Him to play through you. Related resource: Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado