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The Deal

Jesus said “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?” (Matthew 16:24-26 MSG)

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This post is part of One-Liner-Wednesday.

Prayer for Power

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks[a] to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:9-14)

Wow! What a prayer! It makes my prayers for others, for their physical health, financial success or logistics, seem quite feeble by comparison. However, I believe my Father, Jehovah Jira, will answer my prayers for earthly provision just as much as He will answer a more profound spiritual prayer like Paul’s.

This post is part of One-Liner-Wednesday.

2nd Mezzo

Our church is arranging a choir for Easter Sunday and asked for volunteers to sing on this special occasion. When I discovered our granddaughter and daughter had signed up, I signed up too, although it has been a very long time since I last sang in a choir. At least I would have transport to the rehearsals.

Even choir arranging benefits from technology. We were asked to record ourselves singing an octave of do-re-mi on our cell phones and send it via WhatsApp to our director. She determined what voice we would sing. We have 1st sopranos, 2nd sopranos, 1st mezzos, 2nd mezzos, tenors and a baritone. I am a 2nd mezzo. We were sent recordings of the different parts for five songs. I feel quite overwhelmed. We are asked to memorise our parts by our first rehearsal.

How things have changed! No more sheets of music with the words and notes above them. Not that I could ever read music, mind you, but I could at least see whether the notes were long or short and whether they went up or down and I managed quite well.

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One thing hasn’t changed, however. The parts for lower female voices are at times very boring, sometimes all on one note! However, when put together with the whole choir, magic happens.

That is something like the Body of Christ. We are all different. We all have different roles. Some of our roles might seem boring on their own, but when put together with the rest of God’s family, magic happens.

Choir members have to listen to each other, keep pace with each other. Nothing sounds worse than a choir that has lost its timing and everybody sings at their own pace. We also need to consider one another. If the mezzos out-sing the sopranos to show what good voices they have, the result is unbalanced and displeasing. It is time to put away personal ambitions and work together for the good of all.

The Body Song from Kid’s Praise 3 expresses this perfectly. It is based on 1 Corinthians 12:27. “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.”

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.” (Romans 12:4-5)

My Prayer

Lord Jesus, in the choir, may I learn my part diligently, perform it to Your glory, listening carefully to the other parts. In my life may I know the part You have assigned to me, may I perform it to Your glory and co-operate gracefully with the other members of Your Body. Amen.