Better Together

I1411588361000-USAW-FLEETWOODMAC01-092814 had the thrill of seeing Fleetwood Mac in concert last weekend.  It was incredible!  I have been a fan of theirs for as long as I can remember.  They were the first band I ever saw in concert and after more than 30 years, they sounded just as good as they did the first time I heard them live.

As my friends and I waited for the concert to start we decided to Google the band members to figure out how old they were. We knew the band had been in existence since the 60’s but we were shocked at what we discovered.  These five, incredibly talented people range in age from 65-71.

I want you to imagine the 65-71 year olds you know.  Do you picture them on stage for 2+ hours, performing non-stop, rock and roll music?  Do you picture them traveling all over the country and the world on tour?  Do you picture adoring fans of all ages reaching up to touch them on stage?  Those aren’t the pictures that come to mind for the 60-somethings in my life.  I will even admit when the concert was a little late in starting I jokingly said, “Perhaps they’re napping.”  But boy was I wrong!  These five people showed amazing, incredible energy… timeless, flawless performances!  I was the one who needed a nap!

06ab23c36e1ec927610f6a7067004569_r620x349Those of you who are fans know that this was the first time in 16 years that the entire band was together.  Christine McVie had not performed with the rest of the group since the late 90’s.  Throughout the performance each band member remarked how happy they were to have “their musical family” back together again.  And the fans of course went wild each time they did.

My friends and I talked about how talented each band member was on their own.  Most of them over the years have ventured out at some point and enjoyed success as solo artists.  They are each so uniquely talented and gifted.  BUT, TOGETHER THEY ARE SPECTACULAR!!!  There is nothing like the five of them using their individual talents together.  The sound they create together is like no other. And age has not changed that sound.

I couldn’t help but think of the church as I watched this incredible group.  First of all, each of us has been uniquely gifted by God.  He has given us our own set of talents, skills, and abilities.

Second, these talents have no expiration date!  The gifts He has given us don’t diminish over time.  Even though we may physically decline over time, His gifts are still there.  They are in us.  They are a part of us.

Third, we can venture out and use these talents and skills on our own, following our own plans and dreams, using them as we see fit.  But, that is not what those talents were designed for.  God designed us to be united as one body… His body here on earth.  Each of us has a role to play in that Body.  We are a complex living organism just like a human body.  Every molecule is important.  Each plays a unique and significant role.  It is when all of those pieces are working together that we are most spectacular.  That is when our “musical family” comes together and the sound we make is like no other.

Do you know you’re part?  I believe the biggest victory of Satan is when Christians believe they don’t have a role to play in the body of Christ.  It is a lie!  It is not true.  Every person has been uniquely gifted by God Himself and you have a part to play in carrying out His mission on earth. No matter what your age or stage in life… you have been given a gift to use in His kingdom.  If you don’t know what that role is, ask Him.  He will be happy to reveal it to you.

We must be united in purpose.  My heart has been heavy lately over the division among the body of Christ.  It’s sad to see churches competing against each other for membership or grumbling against one another over differences in religious practices that are insignificant in the scheme of things.  We are one Body.  We are His Bride.  And yet, too often it’s hard to tell that that is true.

I believe it is our responsibility as individual believers to know our purpose, our role in the body, and then to look for every opportunity to unite with other believers in carrying out that purpose and mission.  It goes beyond what church we attend.  We are apart of something much bigger than the biggest mega-church.  We are The Body.  And together we can be SPECTACULAR servants of the Lord, advancing His kingdom, and delivering His love to a world who does not know Him.  It is when we as believers recognize that we are One with Jesus as our Head, regardless of what church or denomination we belong to, that we can begin to fulfill that purpose.

Lord, show each of us the talents and skills you have given to us.  Unite us in your Spirit that we may embrace the calling you have on us as your Body, your Bride.  Lord, make us ONE!  Thank you, Father, for making us better together.  In your Son’s most precious name, amen.

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