Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I Played in a Band - When Lyrics Speak

On their album A Tribute to the Songs of Bill and Gloria Gaither, the Booth Brothers had a couple of new Gaither tunes. One of those was "I Played in a Band." The song is a fun uptempo song that normally includes a few encores live. Sometimes I overlook the message of the faster songs, but I love the reminder that this song brings. You can listen to the full song in the clip below.

Bill Gaither and Larry Gatlin wrote this tune together after Bill got the hook from a letter he received. The letter writer felt that all he did was play in a band, write a few songs and in a choir, nothing spectacular. But that's not what Bill thought.

So many times we focus on being known and wanting to make our mark by being a leader or stepping out in the spotlight. However, sometimes we make the greatest impact just simply by serving God in whatever position we are called to. It takes a great deal more followers than leaders to make the world. 

"For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired." - 1 Corinthians 12:14-18

We're all called to different roles. God has equipped each of us with different strengths to be able to serve Him in different areas. Just because God's not calling you to step out in front and minister to a crowd of thousands, doesn't mean He will use you any less. Sometimes it's just us going through the "simple" things, playing in a band, writing a couple of songs or singing in the church choir, that God will use the most.

What can we do where God has us to serve Him to the best of our ability? What's God calling you to do for Him? You don't have to be the "big dog" to show Christ to others or to make a difference for His kingdom. Whether you preach to 100s of people, sing a solo to an auditorium full or play in the band, it all matters to Him.

"...Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." - 1 Corinthians 10:31

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