INSTRUMENTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

I love guitars. I mean, I love how they look, sound and feel. There is just something about a guitar that makes everything right in the world. I don’t care if it is an acoustic or electric they are both wonderful works of art. It is amazing how different guitars sound, not only from other guitars, but even in the hands of other players. I heard a story once about someone who was given the opportunity to play Eddie Van Halen’s guitar. He played his guitar, amp and his whole set up, and yet he couldn’t get it to sound at all like it sounds when Eddie plays.

Everyone holds their hands and pick slightly different so there is always going to be a slightly different tone coming out. Therefore the same guitar may sound completely different in the hands of a different player.

In Romans 6 Paul tells us we are dead to sin and we are to count, or reckon, ourselves so. He goes on to say “don’t let sin reign in our mortal bodies, and stop presenting our bodies to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

The word instrument in this passage is actually referring to a weapon rather than a musical instrument, but I think the example is still valid. We are merely an instrument in the hands of whomever we allow to bend our strings. If we present ourselves to be an instrument in the hands of Sin then we are going to be used for committing sins. If we are an instrument in the hands of God we will be used for righteousness. It isn’t really the instrument as much as the one who plays it.

Years ago, before being born again, I used to play guitar and most of the sounds I created came from a very dark and angry place. Now, since Christ is Lord of my life, I play and it is quite a different approach. The sounds now have a more soothing, mellow feel.

The Bible tells us we humans are a vessel, branch, and Temple. I would like to add this example and say we are in fact an instrument. Just as a vessel contains something, a branch is attached to something, a Temple houses someone, and an instrument expresses the mood or inner attitude of the one playing it. The instrument is an expression of the musician playing it.

Paul is telling us to not let sin be the one to play us. He’s telling us, in this case, the instrument has an option on who gets to play it. No longer are we a slave to the dark, angry musicianship of Sin. We are now available to the one who will play the music through us that expresses the beauty of the Creator of the universe. He can transmit marvelous sounds through our lives if we would only present ourselves to him. Besides, no one could ever play an instrument like the one who designed it in the first place.

Written by Louie

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