What Are You in the Body of Christ?
“For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans 12: 4-8 NASB.
I have heard Romans 12:4-8 preached on a few times as a believer. I have even soaked up some messages where sports analogies were used even though sports aren’t my thing. The sports messages make sense and I can get it logically, but it has always been hard for me to connect with the sports parallels because I’m simply not into sports. This past week, though, when listening to a sports analogy on this passage, I connected Romans 12:4-8 with music for the first time as a believer. Mind=blown.
Now, most everyone loves music, right? Some of us like metal, some of us love Christian Contemporary, some of us like Rhythm and Blues, I mean the list of musical styles goes on. Within our respective genres, though, each band has the much-needed musicians who create the music we enjoy. Imagine trying to listen to Lauren Daigle’s song “You Say” with no vocals. It would not be the same. Imagine trying to listen Tauren Well’s song ‘Known’, with no guitar track. It would be kind of strange. Just like trying to listen to Skillet’s ‘Monster’ without a drum track would be a bit weird.
Obviously, as a drummer, this resonates with me. Especially when I get the opportunity to worship God Almighty with my gift and look out at the congregation to see all the believers with their hands up, eyes closed and hearts wide open in praising the Father. There is something so humbling and renewing when God affords me those opportunities. The musician in me imagines what it would be like to see an entire world of believers worshiping God in such a manner, all at once.
Now looking at the Scripture from a musician’s perspective, each person that is on stage has a gift set. If I jumped up in the middle of Worship and abandoned the drums, snatching a SM-57 microphone from the snare to start singing—I am pretty sure that that would not be God-honoring or very well-received by anyone present. Someone needs to tackle me and make sure that I am never scheduled again. LOL. But, we all have our place in the Worship of God. Mine is staying in my lane with the drums! So, as a Worship Drummer, I have my part, as do the vocalists, the keyboardist and the guitarists; and let’s not forget the audience who is worshipping God from the congregation! Because, yes, while the band may be leading the worship, we are all members involved in glorifying God. It is not about any one of us in attendance in that moment, it is about us connecting with the Father! Opening our hearts to Him and giving it all to Him!
After seeing it through the musical lens, how do you see it? Do you recognize the unique gifts that God has given you to encourage and lift other believers? Have you ever considered what you are in the Body of Christ? Perhaps it is time that you start thinking about it! After all, what if you are the smile that God wants to use to brighten someone else’s day?
Until Next Time,