20th January 2018

God’s Orchestra 

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.”
Psalm 98:4 (NRSV)
 

Some of you may know that I play in an orchestra. Actually I play in two. The second one is God’s orchestra and I hope many of you also play in it. Let me tell you a bit about it.

First, who is in it. Every orchestra has musicians and this one is no exception. Almost all of us play in it and we make a beautiful sound to our God. There are a couple of ways in which God’s orchestra is like any other orchestra. First, it has players of all ranges of ability—from babes in Christ to mature Christians, we are all there. Second, no orchestra has everyone playing the same instrument. How boring that would be. Instead it has violins and flutes and drums and so on. God’s orchestra is the same. Paul says “If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?” (1 Corinthians 12:17). So, of course not. Paul calls God’s orchestra ‘the Body of Christ’ and lists a lot of ‘instruments.’ There are teachers, miracle workers, healers, speakers in tongues and many others. You’ll find them and others listed in I Corinthians 12:27-31.

But how is this body of people held together? By the conductor, who turns a cacophony into a beautiful sound. And who is the conductor in God’s orchestra. John 16:13 tells us that “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” And “If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25), our ‘conductor’ who leads God’s orchestra.

And where does the music come from? It has a composer. In the case of God’s orchestra that person is Jesus Christ, the Word of God. And how does any orchestra know what to play? It’s all written down in what we call a score. God’s music has a score. It’s called the Holy Bible. And John provides a warning not to add to or take away from the score (Revelation 22:18-19).

Asaph, a great musician of ancient Israel, wrote, “Sing aloud to God our strength, shout for joy to the God of Jacob. Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp”. (Psalm 81:1-2)

Prayer
Father, it’s a great privilege to be in your orchestra. Let me not take it for granted, but play my part with all the gifts you have given me.
Amen

Study by Christopher Reeve

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About the Author:
Chris Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation near Canterbury, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK, where his wife, Hilary accompanies him.

Local Congregation:
Invicta Fellowship
Blean Village Hall
School Lane
Blean
CANTERBURY
CT2 9JA

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net

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