We live in a culture today that not only calls you to look out for yourself and be who you want to be, but also gives us pretty lofty goals for us to (impossibly) attain. We’re inundated with ads that illicit covetousness; images that make us insecure with plastic, airbrushed perfection; and music and media that is so sonically accurate that you can’t find a flaw (personal preference aside, right?).
I was speaking with someone about this last one recently, in regards to music. Did you know that there is computer software out there that lets you change the pitch, timing, and tempo of individual sounds? Sound engineers can literally splice different recordings together and you can’t even tell. So just as you can’t trust the picture on the front of that magazine, how much can you trust the authentic-ness of that toe-tapping (even God-exalting) song? It can be intimidating for someone like me who practices, plays, and presents music with/for faithful worshipers each week. There is a danger and a trap of focusing on the wrong thing, perfection, instead of the Perfect One. The Psalmist in verse 33:3 calls us to play skillfully, but we are also called to do so with joy. We must have hands and hearts that are pure (Psalm 24:4).
We should strive for excellence in all that we do, whatever it is: singing, serving, parenting, studying, number-crunching, administrating, eating, driving. But it should never be done without an intentionality of service to Christ.
…whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17 NLT
But how can we do what needs to be done in a perfect, yet humble way? Through the Perfect One.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NLT