Last night I had the opportunity to go see the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra’s Louisiana Christmas concert. My grand-niece was one of the children in the choir so my niece got the whole family a ticket.
I’ve only been to see a professional orchestra twice in my life – once was last night and the other was when my elementary school took my class to see the orchestra play when I was little. Back then I didn’t appreciate the beauty of the music being played, but last night was a delight in more than the obvious way.
We arrived at the symphony an hour early and when we took our seats there were already two musicians on stage warming up on their instruments – the Timpani drum and keyboards. So there was a little music resounding around the auditorium. As the hour progressed more and more musicians trickled in and started warming up on their instruments – flutes, trombones, violins, etc.
What got my attention just minutes before the conductor came out was the multitude of different musical sounds filling up the auditorium. Each of those instruments sounded beautiful in its own way, but the whole unorganized sound of all those instruments at once was really just a loud noise and not a beautiful flowing organized piece of music. It reminded me of how Christians can be when we are not allowing ourselves to be led by our spiritual conductor, Jesus Christ.
Once that got my attention, I really started listening to the program, not only with my ears, but also with my eyes, mind and heart. By the end of the night the Holy Spirit revealed to me a few different things most of which revolve around the unity of God’s church community as a whole and also down to individual Christians.
The conductor came in and took his place at the head of the orchestra and instantly the noise came to a halt. The entire orchestra had their gaze and attention in one place only – at their conductor. Likewise, when Christians are all each going their own way and not working together as the cohesive body of Christ, then we just make a bunch of noise and the message of God is not effective and not really heard above the den. We must all keep our eyes on the Lord (Hebrews 12:2) and submit to his leadership and allow him to orchestrate his body of believers to effectively spread the gospel of His Good News.
When the conductor first came out and then continuously through each arrangement of music, the orchestra members were always vigilant and ready for the moment that the conductor clued them to join in the arrangement. Their eyes were not wandering, looking around at the others in the group or out into the audience. Their eyes remained on the conductor, waiting for him to direct them. As children of God, we too need to stay focused and ready to do whatever Christ is leading us to do. If we are busy looking at what other Christians are doing and/or comparing ourselves with them then we won’t be ready when He wants us to do something for Him. If we are busy with all things of the world, then we won’t be ready when He wants us to do something for Him and the growth of His Kingdom. We need to keep our eyes of Him and be ready to do whatever He asks us to do.
Each member of the orchestra and each section of the orchestra have their own talents and gifts and contribute equally to the quality of the orchestra. Some sections play while others are at rest. No one is battling to be number one; they are working together for the benefit of the whole. As Christians, we need to know what our talents and spiritual gifts are. Then we need to realize that our talents and spiritual gifts are not any better than the talents and gifts of other Christians, they are just different and God needs each of our talents and gifts in order to win souls for eternal life and to disciple believers. We can’t afford to fly solo without God in control.
The last thing that stood out to me was when they brought in the children. As I said my grand-niece was in the choir of 200 children around the parish of Lafayette. However, they also invited in young people who played various instruments to join the regular members of the orchestra. To me, it was a beautiful picture and how we are supposed to go out and tell people about Christ and lead them to our Lord and Savior. As Christians we are called to disciple those new Christians so they in turn can go out and lead others to Christ. Peter told us in 2 Peter 3:9 that the Lord does not want anyone to perish, but for everyone to come to repentance.
So today, let us take this lesson from the symphony and apply it to our lives. Let us keep our eyes on our Lord and Savior. Let us search out our spiritual gift and talents so we know what our place is in the body of Christ. If you do not know what your Spiritual Gift is, there are numerous websites that offer free Spiritual Gift tests. Just do a search engine search for spiritual gift test and try out a few.
We need to spend time with God every day praying and reading his Word. We need to submit ourselves and our talents to Him and let Him transform us into an effective, useful instrument in His Kingdom, so that we can tell others about Him and disciple others and experience a revival in our churches and our country. Commit yourself to Him today with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
Dear God, thank you for the thorough enjoyment I had last night with You and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. Thank you for the lessons learned and I pray that you’ll give me the strength and perseverance to now apply those lessons to my life every hour and every day. I want more from this life. I want more of You! Amen.
I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.