My best friend and her husband are members of an all-volunteer symphony that gives free performances every few months. During the last concert, I sat there soaking up the beauty of the music as usual, letting the melodies wash away my stress and tension. As I looked at the big group spread across the stage, I thought about how the individual notes of each instrument blended together to make an unbelievably glorious sound.
Each musician was doing his or her part, whether playing riffs on a small flute, belting out the notes on a huge tuba, gliding a bow over a violin, or occasionally banging heavy cymbals together. Even the guy rubbing a stick over what looked like a tiny wooden barrel was important to the overall effect. The result of their combined efforts filled the auditorium and pierced the hearts of the listeners.
As Christians, each one of us has a vital role to play in God’s work. Paul reminded the believers at Rome that God gives us all different gifts to use in serving Him and each other (Romans 12:6). God may have equipped us to teach, write, sing, decorate, cook, clean, plan events, fill out paperwork, or any number of things. No one gift is superior to another; all are equally necessary and all are dependent on each other.
Isn’t it wonderful that the body of Christ is like a symphony performing for God? Regardless of our specific gifts or our level of experience, we can all make beautiful music together. I’ve heard my friend speak about the most accomplished musicians being assigned “first violin” or “first flute”. Sometimes it can seem like others have been assigned more important roles. Maybe we feel like we’re sitting on the back row and are invisible, but we can be sure that our individual contribution plays a crucial role in this symphony that goes out to the world, piercing hearts with the beauty of God’s truth.
Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including Designed for Devotion (Baker Books), which won a 2013 Selah Award. She also writes for websites and blogs (such as CBN.com and FindingGodDaily.com), contributes to compilations (including Guideposts’ 2013 Mornings with Jesus), and teaches at writers’ conferences. To learn more, visit www.DianneNealMatthews.com or connect with Dianne through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.