[Papercut Press] 2001-03-26 - A Tuned Life

2 Chronicles 34:12 And the men did the work faithfully with foremen over them to supervise: Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites of the sons of Merari, Zechariah and Meshullam of the sons of the Kohathites, and the Levites, all who were skillful with musical instruments.

I don't know too much about music. I never had the discipline as a child to practice when my parents signed me up for lessons on various instruments. It never worked out. The only instrument I can play is the radio. I do however, know something about musical instruments. I know that if they are out of tune, they sound unpleasant when they are played. It really doesn't matter what instrument or what that instruments condition is, if it is out of tune, it will make sounds that are disagreeable to the ears. This was true with a Stradivarius as it is with a four year old child's 1/4 size violin.

The Christian, it seems can be compared to a musical instrument. Just as an instrument must be tuned to function at its peak, so also a Christian must be touched by the finger of God to keep his/her life in tune with the will of God. And just as an instrument can become untuned, so also the Christian can become untuned by the wickedness of the world and by the deceitfulness of our own hearts. (Jeremiah 17:9)

A musician takes the time to tune his/her instrument before a concert. This is to insure that what comes out of the instrument is pleasing to the ears of the audience. Should we not also take the time to tune our thoughts, speech, and actions so that they might be pleasing to the Lord?

Lastly, in following this analogy a little further, it is possible to have a tuned instrument and for only one string to be out of tune. However, the result is still that the instrument is out of tune. In our Christian walk it also only takes one aspect of our lives to be out of tune and the result is that the whole of our life is effected. So let us seek the Lord that He might give us the grace to watch over our lives, while keeping them in tune to the high calling to which we have been called as Christians.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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