Staying in Tune with God
SINGING with friends isn’t cool.
At least, it wasn’t cool before those Pitch Perfect movies.
But even before then, people knew the small exhilaration of belting out a tune into their hair brush while standing in front of the bathroom mirror.
Then, Sony took the hairbrush, replaced it with a microphone and added some genuinely catchy songs.
Hey presto- SingStar, an instant gaming hit. Singing with friends was cool.
Sure, karaoke was around for a long time before the PlayStation 2 game came out but this was different.
It was accessible from the living room and had the original soundtracks, not a backing track at all.
The game generated a score as well.
Oh how so many strained vocal chords trying to maintain those sparkles on the blue or red bar in the choruses of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” or Daniel Bedingfield’s “If You're Not the One".
Staying in tune does not come naturally for many, particularly when compared to the original artist.
Staying in tune with God (the very first original artist) doesn’t either.
The natural sinful nature we’re born with constantly pulls us out of time or out of harmony with the Creator.
And it sounds woeful.
Going about things our own way, trying to solve problems as if we know best, indulging in deceitful activities, or bloating our hearts with the pride of self-satisfaction are just some of the ways our life songs get garbled.
God doesn’t expect us to be the loudest in the choir, or hit the “Super Star” among the group of gamers every time.
But we’ve got to aim for the blue line though- the standard that Jesus set. Anything either side of that, is not on song.
It means knowing the words, the tune and the timing.
The Christian equivalent in life is knowing the Word (the Bible), being in constant contact with God through prayer and living the way Jesus did.
You get better at SingStar the more you play it. Practice walking in Christ’s example and you’ll get better at it.
We won’t perfect the performance on earth but we can sure aim for perfection. Aiming for anything less is cutting your service short, not giving your all.
Of course, salvation comes through repentance and acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Saviour, not through good singing, or behaviour, but it’s because we are saved, we have something worth living the right way for.
And certainly something worth singing about.
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” - Ephesians 5:1