Like instruments, people need tune-ups too

Published 11:07 am Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Subiaco Abbey in Western Arkansas bustles with activity. The Benedictine monks there operate a school for boys, a farm, a carpenter shop, an artist studio, a retreat center and more.

Standing outside the beautiful church building at Subiaco, I heard organ music. “A concert!” I thought. I entered the building to enjoy.

Alas, no concert. The person on the organ played ornate chords, moving from one key to another.

Apparently someone was tuning this magnificent pipe organ.

Although disappointed, I admitted that great music would be tainted by a discordant organ.

If the instrument needed a tune-up, this work enabled it to serve its purpose better.

People can be like pipe organs. You may need a spiritual tune-up from time to time.

John accused the church at Ephesus of having “left your first love.” (Revelation 2:4).

He charged them to “remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first.” (2:5)

Christians at Ephesus still believed. They simply started to love some people or things more than they loved Christ. John called for a tune-up to re-focus their hearts.

You may discover that God no longer is your first love.

Perhaps depression takes over your thoughts. Or a busy schedule diverts you from regular worship and Christian fellowship.

Possibly a tragic event in your life causes you to bump God from first priority in your life.

Take heart. God offers spiritual tune-ups as needed. How? Search the Bible for His encouragement.

Get in touch with believers who care about you. Intentionally change your routine in order to spend time alone with God.

Share some of the resources God provides with a family that’s struggling financially.

Then listen to the music your life makes once it’s in tune.

Now that’s a melodious sound — a heart in tune with God.