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Daily Reading: Esther 8:1-10:3 ESV, 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13 ESV, Psalm 37:1-11 ESV, Proverbs 21:23-24 ESV

Daily Verse: “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27 ESV)

SOMA (4983): “Is “the body as a whole, the instrument of life,” of a local church, 1 Cor. 12:27.”[i]

Instrument of Life

God designed you as a beautiful instrument; the sounds reverberating from your life synchronize with others, creating a symphony.  No one else has the same tune; when you follow the conductor, your life draws people to you, wanting to hear your song.

Pied Pieper of Hamelin[i], the legend, played his magic pipe, drawing the rats out of hiding, and following him out of town.  The music we play doesn’t attract rodents, but if we love well, we attract people.  Just like the Pied Piper saved the village from the epidemic, we can help people overcome the world by introducing them to Jesus.

Whole body.

Unlike the Pied Piper, we don’t play alone.  Members of the body of Christ, we have many people playing with us.  As we blend our song with theirs, we become one unit, working together to build God’s kingdom.  Each of us vital to the mission; we must play our tunes to work well with others.

In an orchestra, the drums set the beat, helping the other instruments maintain it.  As the flutes toot and the trumpets blare, the racket blends miraculously.

The same happens following Jesus.  If we discover and use our talents for God, we’ll keep the body’s beat.  One person plants seeds, another water, someone else weeds, and eventually, we all enjoy the harvest together.

Praise God for the individual gifts He gave you.  Following the Conductor means doing what He says.  Applying God’s word to your life, becoming an imitator of Jesus, helps you discover God’s will for your life.

Whatever role God has for you, do it well.  Play your instrument of love loudly for all to hear, and let it blend into the body of believers, creating a beautiful symphony.


[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 245) Thomas Nelson

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pied_Piper_of_Hamelin

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