If you know anything about musical instruments, music, or have an ear for tone, you know how easy it is to make an incredibly different sound come out of an instrument to make a song that is in a Major key sound minor. You really have to make sure your majors are major.
It just takes one or two inches on a fingerboard, or a slight slide of a valve to completely change the temperature of a piece. And this isn’t too far off in life.
I am an intense person. I get pretty fired up about stuff, sometimes pretty easily. Often times I get fired up because I believe in something, but sometimes I get fired up and, honestly, I’m not sure why I am fired up.
I mean, I would like to think that everything that I get bothered over is important and valuable. But, I’d just be trying to legitimize some things that just aren’t that important in the long run. They just aren’t that major.
See, there are only a couple differences between Major and minor. And sometimes, often times, we can start singing a minor song thinking that we are in a Major key. And when we do that, it 1) doesn’t sound very good, and 2) really detracts from the mission at hand.
I’ve heard the statement before:
Major in the Majors, and minor in the minors.
Now, it’s not a perfect illustration, but when we Major in the minors, we make big deals out of things that really aren’t big deals. We make “mountains out of mole hills.” And when we do that, we 1) don’t sound very good, and 2) really detract from the mission at hand.
What I’ve noticed is that we don’t quite realize how we do this. I’ve noticed that we do this and we either don’t recognize it because we don’t have people pointing these type of things out to us or, we find ways to legitimize our minor beef by putting it in a false understanding of what is important to the mission.
Take church growth for example. One might think that the most important thing to growing is learning and teaching, how to invite others into a church service or building. But that is so not what happened in the book of Acts.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. - Acts 2:42-46
Isn’t that amazing?! They weren’t even focused on growing their body of believers. It just happened because they were obedient to what God had already told them to do.
I find this so powerful. And I’ve seen it before, but not like this. It makes Matthew 6:33 make even more sense. They were so devoted to an idea, a person, that was so much bigger than the end result.
It makes me ask myself about my focus. Am I focused on loving each other as Christ has loved me or am I focused on hoping that more people will come through our doors on Sunday morning? I be we know which one is healthier. I bet we all know which one will display for the world that we are His disciples.
So what are you focused on today? What are you majoring in? Is your Major a Major?
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