Last week my pastor used the example of getting a song stuck in his head that would not go away as proof that he could willingly clear his mind and thus be able to hear what God was trying to say to him. While this is possible and necessary for us to thrive as Christians, in the Grime household it’s a little harder to do so.

You see my Mom has this habit of not only cooking amazing food, but playing music while she does so. And depending on the cd that she puts in, there are certain songs that have a tendency to be put on repeat. Not just once, but it could go on for hours. Once that happens there is no fighting it, the song will continue to play in your head long after the music is turned off.

The chorus of the most recent song to join mom’s list of repeats goes like this:

“All God’s creatures got a place in the Choir / Some sing low and some sing higher / some sing out on the telephone wire / and some just clap their hands or paws or anything they got now”

Like the creature in the song, we all have a place in God’s choir or work, as my pastor has said several times, each of us are just one puzzle piece of the big picture. However there are times when we fall back and don’t take our place among the choir, we don’t follow through with what God has for us. Why? Why don’t we, when we know that it’s in our own best interest to do so.

Turn with me to Matthew 14 starting in verse 22.

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Peter’s fear caused him to not make it to Jesus, but to sink into the waves.

In the same way fear causes us to take the step back, to not reach our full potential.

Satan wants to keep us in the dark, to cripple us with fear. Satan knows that if we take our place among God’s choir, he ultimately loses so he works his way into our minds, making us question ourselves, planting doubts that left unattended, can cause major setbacks.

Jesus on the other hand reached out and helped Peter when Peter cried out to him. Just as he is wanting to do with you. Maybe you have come here with fear of rejection, financial downfall, health, making the wrong choices, whatever it is Christ can help you. Don’t let fear hinder you from finding your place among the choir.

There is a place in the choir for you whether you sing low or high or simply clapping your hands or paws or anything you got now.


Here’s the full song if you’re wondering

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