The pipe organ has been around for thousands of years. The name, organ, could literally be translated as simply “an instrument thing.” When a person hears the sound of an organ it is immediately recognizable by the distinct tones that don’t just drift away, but resonate through the air. When the listener hears the organ in the present day it is likely that the first thought is of an old church or that a hymn is being played. Around AD 700, Charlemagne requested a pipe organ for his church and ever since then it has served the purpose of representing the music of God in western civilization. There was a famous organ built in Germany in the 1700’s that actually necessitated ten men to press on the twenty bellows in order to pressurize the pipes. This organ also had an enormous amount of keys and pedals that required the musician to use their full strength to press down each note.
The interesting thing about the pipe organ is that it is constantly evolving. More and more pipes can be added with more and more bellows and keys to the point where notes both high and low can go beyond the human’s ability to register its sound. All the while more and more people become included in the work of sounding these grand notes.
An instrument like this reminds me of the kingdom of God. It is amazing to think that the same air is rushing through each one of those pipes. The work being done is not simply a word being sung but the power pressurized behind a thin lid. When the key is pressed the power is released. No matter the pipe the same magnificent wind bursts free and resonates the world around the organ. “The kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power” (1 Corinthians 4:20).
We, as humans, look at the world around us and may become perplexed with thoughts that we are weak or inferior to the problems that persist. The news channels and websites broadcast things that appear far beyond our control. But that is not the case. We are each a single vessel, but we have been created to display the symphony of God’s Spirit on earth. We are called not to fear and worry, not to simply talk about what could be done, but to push down the key and reveal the power of God pressurized and loud.
Paul writes in Ephesians 1:18-20:
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…”
It is unbiblical to think that we lack the power to resonate God’s glory on this earth. It is not true of God’s nature that he would refuse to interact with his creation. In fact, God says that we, as his instrument, will be of use to the Almighty. In the same power that rose Jesus from the grave, according to our willingness, we can reveal God’s glory to those with whom we interact and pray for this week. Some of those pipes may not release a sound we can audibly hear, but it is one we feel in our bones. Our prayers for others may not be heard by the ones for whom we are praying, but God’s glory is still at work.
This week recognize that when you reflect on God, you are used for his power at work today!
Pastor Chris Osterbrock
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