1 Peter 4: 10-11
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
I don’t believe I’ve ever shared this on my blog, but I love Oldies. I listen to the 60’s on 6 more than any other channel on Sirius/XM and have over a thousand songs on my Ipod from the 60’s and 70’s. (I’m listening to Fats Domino‘s “I Want to Walk You Home” as I type this.) Many of my friends also know that my specialty is quirky stories about these songs. I hope some day to start a blog called NOTABLES to feature some of these stories.
Here is one today from Tom Jones‘ Discography. In 1965 Tom Jones began his career with his first big hit, “it’s Not Unusual.” It went to #1 in England and reached #10 here in the U.S. He was new and successful so he was asked to sing for the new James Bond movie, Thunderball. He sang the title cut. The end of the song features a note that is very high and sustained. He delivered it all right, but passed out in the recording booth afterward. Asked about that monster note in a later interview he said: “I closed my eyes and I held the note for so long when I opened my eyes the room was spinning.”
That is dedication! To hit and sustain the notes God is calling us to sing in the chorus of life also requires such dedication. Peter says that we have each been given a gift. We are to be good stewards of that gift. In my analogy, we have all been given a voice and we are each called to keep that voice in tip top shape. Then Peter reminds those that have speaking gifts to speak as though they were speaking “the utterances of God.” Sloppy or ill prepared oratory isn’t going to cut it. Peter then reminds those that have serving gifts, to serve as though God were powering their efforts. A half-hearted sense of duty will not sustain you. Why not just go ahead and hit that (grace) note of yours and then sustain it! Put everything into it. Give it your all!
Maybe you have be doing your particular ministry in your church for a while now. Maybe you have it down cold. You don’t have to put as much effort into it as you did when you started. It practically runs like it’s on autopilot. Do some evaluation this year. It might not be on autopilot… it could be on life support! Stretch yourself and your faith. Go for that note! Sing it with all the strength that God supplies you.
Enough said…. I Gotta go…. The Classics IV are now singing “Traces.” Love that song!