Music it has been said is the language of the world. Each nation and or culture has a form, tradition or genre of music that has helped to shape, influence and define it.
There are of course numerous musical instruments that each of us enjoys hearing. As well for some of us, we have been blessed to have learned to play a musical instrument.
Of the many instruments that we hear and see played, one in particular came to mind for me. The drum.
I admit that I am a big fan of music. However I am not as such gifted as someone who plays an instrument. To my understanding, the drum is that instrument that helps to establish the rhythm or the beat in a musical piece.
All of us can think of many different examples of how a drum beat has been used within not just music but life in general. One example is watching a marching band at perhaps a football game. Or of course most of us have seen a military cadence marching in step with the drummer setting the pace and direction of their march.
The drum has been a part of our cultures it would seem from the beginning of time. And as well the drum has been used as a metaphor in the daily lives of each of us.
All of us have heard the saying of marching to the beat of a different drummer. In this life that we live, it is easy if we are not careful to merely go along with whatever is the current fad and or mindset. Today’s world has established a drum beat of life that at times encourages us to follow along regardless as to whether or not it is a drum beat that is in cadence with God.
Growing up as children each of us I feel confident in saying played a game called follow the leader. At times the leader would lead us in the right direction. And if truth be told, there were times when the leader might lead us in the wrong direction. The world and all that is in it, has a drum beat that dare I say is geared towards the focus being on self. It is has been said that what lies at the core of the world’s drum beat is humanism.
But we as the body of Christ, we are called to follow a different drum beat. A drum beat that will cause us to be different, and certainly to be considered peculiar by this world.
Romans 12:2 reminds us that we are not to be conformed to the pattern of this world; but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. In doing so we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is.
The will of God is perfect. It has been and will continue to be without flaw. I am reminded of what Jesus said. “Not my will but the will of my father.”
Following the will of God will call for each of us to make a commitment daily to be a different person. It will be a challenge each day for us as the body of Christ to indeed march to the beat of a different drummer. Ephesians 4:22-24 encourages us that in regards to our former way of life, to put off our old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of our minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
The drum beat of God we must remember will not be audible to everyone, nor will it be recognized by the majority. Because we will know his voice we will follow his cadence by virtue of the Holy Spirit. Luke 14:35 declares that let whoever has ears to hear let them hear.
Marching to the beat of a different drummer. Being by this world’s standards, the exception rather than the rule. Or simply put, not in lock step with the cadence that others will follow. Our quest is to as 1 Peter 1:15 proclaims to be like the Holy One, to be holy in all that we do, for as it is written, be holy, because he is holy.
To God Be The Glory
Alan T. Black