melody of life

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”

Ephesians 5:15-20

mel·o·dy: A sequence of single notes that is musically satisfying

har·mo·ny:  The combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords and chord progressions having a pleasing effect.  In agreement or concord.

Each individual Christian life is a melody.  From the depths of our hearts, each action following Christ’s commands and living in ways that bring Him glory are notes of satisfying music in His ears.

The Christian body ought to be a harmony.  The compilation of Christian lives acting in unison is a sweet blend of spiritual song, pleasing to our Father’s ears; each of our actions complimenting and supporting the other’s.

Music is language.

Like any language, music is expressed, translated, and understood.  Sometimes it seems we are even capable of thinking in melodies.  As Christians, what songs do our lives sing?  Do they bring God glory?  Do they testify His truth?  Do they accentuate the lives of other Christians?

Every word we speak, every act of ministry, every little interaction with another soul is a note.  God leads us in His perfect will in perfect timing, but we are responsible to play the piece by evangelizing, serving, and pursuing Godly character of love, grace, and forgiveness.

We are responsible to know the Word, to pray, and to seek after God in all things.

dis·cordA lack of concord or harmony between persons. Disagreement, strife, disputean inharmonious combination of musical tones sounded together.  Any confused or harsh noise.

When we act in disobedience to God, fail to do His will, and engage in quarrels amongst each other, we cause discord in the music.  When the notes go flat it’s a noticeable sound.  But we learn from our mistakes and the music continues.  We must act carefully, make choices in wisdom, avoid all foolishness, and keep our focus on genuinely praising Jesus.

Just as music is meant to be a sweet sound to God’s ears, our lives are meant to be a sweet offering of worship to Him.  How much sweeter would each Christian’s melody be if it played in harmony with the rest? 

 

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 4.13.2016

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