So my daughter’s friend gave her a CD as a gag gift: Flutes Des Andes/Andean Flutes. She was going to toss it, but I quickly grabbed it from her. It’s a French made CD of Andean Flutists and their bands performing Andean songs. It was made in a studio in France…which caused me to think about this. Music is so powerful! It was the ticket for these humble South American musicians to cross oceans and broaden their horizons to another world in France! Most musicians who “make it” realize that music was the ticket that transformed their lives as well from an ordinary unknown soul to a household name, fame, and the life that comes with all that!
Music breaks through barriers where other means cannot. Music transports us to another place, memories are made and remembered when we hear “that song”. Music is an expression of the soul – the songwriter allows a piece of his/her heart to flow through the words and melodies. Music supports so many other things! Movies, sermons, romantic evenings, coffee houses, restaurant atmospheres, entertainment, commercials, etc.
And, music is contagious!
A good friend of mine, Lane Palmer, talked about this in our weekly staff chapel. He talked about the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19 “As you go through life, wherever you may have been born, wherever God may take you, as a habitual practice of life, make disciples…”). He told us that we are to share the Gospel “as we go” through our life – for some it is a call to “go” overseas, but for everyone, it is a call to share in our everyday lives…”as we go”. To help us remember the gravity of the need to share the Gospel (GOOD NEWS) with others, he reminded us that we are either pushing people towards heaven by sharing, or propelling them toward hell by not sharing….no middle ground…(Jesus said that he’s THE way, THE truth, and THE life, remember!) The cool thing about the Great Commission, though, is that it’s a GOD POWERED mission, Jesus promised: …”I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age!” (Matt 28:20)
Lane also talked about modeling Jesus in our lives, making our lifestyles attractive to others and how Jesus living within us can be contagious. His example, music. He became a “Beatles disciple” not from someone demanding he listen to them, or by someone cramming Beatles songs down his throat everytime they saw him…but because someone began playing their music for him, sharing with him their passion for The Beatles and demonstrating that they very much enjoyed the music. Soon, he began enjoying the music, too, and began buying Beatles albums of his own! The “as you go” Great Commission mindset is like that….as you go, “play God’s song” in your life for others to catch on to…share your passion for Him with them, passion is contagious!
So, who’s along your “as you go” path and, are you “playing HIS song” in your life clear enough for them to hear?
(Wow! All this from Andean Flutists….hmmm.)
Sample Andean Music sounds HERE