The Drum (Part 2)

Posted: December 19, 2011 in "Around the Table" Discussion Topic/Marketplace Devo

December 18, 2011

The Drum (Part 2)

Luke 2:1-20

Back to the drum…

As I said last week, the song “The Little Drummer Boy” was a favorite of mine growing up but I never really got it, or at least what it means to me, until just recently. A small boy, in a humbleness that only a child can bring, stands before Christ, the newborn King, the Savior of the world, and brings all he has, a gift of noise made by two sticks on an animal skin draped over a piece of wood.  If you listen to the words of the song, it says, “ I’m a poor boy too…I have no gift to bring…that’s fit to give the King…Shall I play for you…on my drum…” His gift was not the beautiful tones from a violin, or a flute, or a harp. He banged on a drum.  I can only imagine what God must have thought as He looked proudly down at the boy, His child. No doubt His response must have been, “That’s all I want you to do. I gave you a drum. And all I ask is that you do your best with what I have given you and then give it, your life, back to me as a gift.” By the way, He wants the same from us today.  The song goes on, “I played my drum for Him…I played my best for Him…” What happens? The last line of the song says it all… “Then He smiled at me, pa rum pa pum pum, me and my drum.”

How awesome, and humbling, and incredible, and unbelievable is it that we can stand before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords empty handed and with nothing more to offer but our messed up and shallow lives …noise, and receive unconditional grace, love, and forgiveness…a smile? Wow.  That’s my God.  Men, our worth in this life is not in the status we achieve, in the possessions we have acquired, in the fortunes we have amassed, or in the gifts we are able or unable to give. Our worth resides in the eyes and arms of our Heavenly Father and in the life, and noise, we bring to the manger of Christ. Merry Christmas.

Challenge: Simple…we must make sure not to forget the reason for the season…the reason we celebrate Christmas. This coming Sunday, Christmas Day, before the room fills with discarded wrapping paper, open God’s word and read aloud Luke 2:1-20. Remember, the greatest gift ever given came in the form of a baby…the Messiah.

Prayer: Lord, simply saying “thank you’ doesn’t quite seem adequate. I am so grateful for Your forgiveness, Your love, Your grace….all undeserved and unconditional. Most of all, thank You for giving us the greatest gift ever given…Your Son, the Messiah, the Savior of the world, the Door to the Father and to everlasting life. Help me never to forget the manger. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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