"Blessed is she, who has believed, that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished." Luke 1:45

Friday, December 19, 2008

Big Thoughts from a Little Drummer

Come they told me ~ A new born King to see
Our finest gifts we bring ~To lay before the King
So to honor Him ~ When we come.
Little Baby ~I am a poor boy too
I have no gift to bring ~ That's fit to give the King
Shall I play for you ~ On my drum?
Mary nodded ~ The ox and lamb kept time
I played my drum for Him~ I played my best for Him
Then He smiled at me ~ Me and my drum

Over the years we tend to become deaf to the meaning of Christmas songs. They either are our favorites from childhood or ones that we don't listen to because we just have never liked them. We sing along without really paying attention to the words or change the station because we just don't want to hear the song that is playing. We lose the intended meaning.

I have always liked the Little Drummer boy. I love the drums and the idea that he played music as his gift to God. That's as far as I ever went.
While driving to work this morning I was listening to this song, and when you take out all the pa rum pa pum pums', the message is very clear.

Have you ever felt intimidated by the wise men in your life? Those that can go and do and buy the big flashy things that show how much they are dedicated? Do you ever feel that to honor God you have to do things in a big way or put plenty of money into service for the Lord?

Have you ever thought through the truth that Jesus was a poor baby? He had absolutely nothing to his name and never aspired to? That yes, he was fully God, but he was also fully human, poor and humble?
We put such stress on ourselves to bring to Jesus what we think is fitting for Him, never really noticing that he has already given us what He wants us to bring. Money, power, influence and fame have nothing to do with it.

The little drummer boy demonstrates what we so often miss. God has given us the gift he wants most, we just have to be willing to use it for His glory. We may feel like what we have to offer is too small or too plain, but in the presence of God, when given with our whole heart, it becomes the most blessed offering.

When we give our gift with our whole heart we notice a harmony in the world around us; our gift fits perfectly into God's plan and everything around us works together with it to glorify God.

The last line of this song says "Then He smiled at me". That tiny little gift, given with abandon, brought Joy to Jesus. Our gift, humbly and completely given to glorify God, brings joy to Him. We are blessed with many gifts to offer. Materially, physically and spiritually. All of these gifts can best be described as simply our life.

Let that be my goal always, to bring a smile to the face of Jesus with the gift of my life.

Luke 21:1-4 ~ As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. "I tell you the truth," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."

Hebrews 2:~ 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.


lambofHisflock said...

Amen. This is my heart's cry also... to use the gifts given me by God in ways that please my Lord, that bring Him joy and glory. That my humble offerings would be a pleasant incense for my King.

boutcrazy said...

To bring a smile to the face of my King...isn't that what it's all about! Wonderful message and reminder.

Mocha with Linda said...

Sweet song that I've always liked.

Although I have always wondered if a baby would really smile after somebody played a drum right next to him! LOL

Peggy said...

Blessings sweet Shannon...Amen and may it be so...as Jesus smiles at us...may it be because our lives reflect Him as a sweet fragrance!

Your words are so true and such inspiration! I shared this song
in my post on the "Spirit of Christmas" because I happen to LOVE it but also put "What Child is This" by Barlow Girls that TSMSS!
Because to me the marvel of this awesome child born in a humble manger is lived out every day as I look at the poor here in Mexico & realize this awesome truth you speak of and their constant humility aMazes me!

Thank you for the scripture verses of Jesus acknowledging the poor widow's offering...He is the most beautiful Miracle of CHRISTmas & the BEST GIFT!!!

May your CHRISTmas be filled with the REAL meaning of CHRIST & may you & yours be filled with His Spirit, His Love, Peace & JOY!

It is a delight to meet you!
Thank you for visiting me so that I could enjoy your words! Merry (Mary)CHRISTmas!!!

Angela said...

WOw. Thanks for the reminder of this. My family and I just got done watching "the Nativity" and it effected me similiarly - it reminded me that we do so easily forget what Christmas is really all about. It's about a baby. Jesus' birth. I cry every time I watch this movie. It just moves me so much. It seems so real. I need desperately to be reminded of this truth - It is all about Jesus - our Saviour. And you are right. He's given us all we need and only wants back the gift of our dedicated hearts.
Thank you.