A few weeks ago I attended a friend’s piano recital. As she played beautifully, I began to think about how everyone in the audience was probably hearing and interpreting the music in different ways. I as a ballet dancer, began picturing what a ballet piece would look like to the songs played. I wondered if the musicians in the audience were thinking about the technicality of the piece. Artists in the audience may have been inspired to create something new. Some may have wanted to share what they heard with someone else because they loved it. That’s the great thing about music,we have the chance to share the same song in such a variety of ways.
Here on Earth we have two types of music, the kind that is made by instruments, and a very special kind, God’s. We can share both types dependent upon our different talents or interests. Sharing God’s music can be through our actions, thoughts, talents, ministries, and especially words.
As Christians we need to think about how we are sharing God with others. This is something that I struggle with daily. I ask myself, “Are the words and actions that I share a reflection of God, his word, and his love? Or am I saying that I am a follower of Jesus, but using my words to judge or hurt others?”
Often we hear that Christians can sometimes be the most hurtful people in the church. Using God’s word or church tradition to hurt others who we view may not be living the Christian lifestyle or who are living or think against our beliefs. We can sometimes even bully the very people we sit next to at church on Sunday.
The hard part about being human is that our lives contain so many things that can distract us from God. Careers, health, politics, school, you name it. It is human nature to have different opinions and choices on all of these aspects of life, but it is also tough to separate our feelings and stress about these while in the midst of sharing God with others.
There’s going to be people out there who think so far from the way that you do, and act in ways you may never believe. We have to accept this fact. This is where sharing God’s “music” is key.
I often think about what a church would look like if Jesus was here physically on Earth. What advice would he give us on sharing God with others? Would he say to disrespect others and hurt those straying away from the church because they don’t think or act in a certain way? I really doubt it.
I think the way we create followers of Jesus is to share God’s holy word with others. I think the way we keep followers is to show love and grace.
When you hear God’s music, how do you share it?