Music inspires my soul and refreshes my being.  Music can either send me in a tailspin of memories or can totally cause me to have an emotional meltdown. This past Sunday it sent me over the edge, tears pouring down my face.

It was during the last song of worship, the Hymn of Joy as we call it. I had just returned with the children from Children’s Church when it all came to a teary, sudden jolt to my heart. It was as the congregation began to sing when I suddenly took note of the words on the screens,

         “We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly, and we are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God!”

My eyes became blurry with tears as the second verse was sung,

         “Come! Open your heart! Show your mercy to all those in fear! We are called to hope for the hopeless so all hatred and blindness will be no more!”

By now I had to excuse my emotional mess of a self and retreat to my office to gather my appearance. However, from my office I could still hear the music and the singing of souls going into the refrain again,

         “We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly, and we are called  to serve one another, to walk humbly with God!”

Oh. My. Gosh. The heart strings were breaking. This is our calling. This is discipleship. This is Jesus’ message, I thought to myself.

The third verse continued,

         “Sing! Sing a new song! Sing of that great day when all will be one! God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other as sisters and brothers united in love!”

Siblings in Christ, this is the heart of what it means to be a Christ follower, a disciple.

In a society that feeds on hatred, bigotry, elephant vs. donkey, black vs. white, LGBTG+ vs. toxic masculinity, women vs. men, how are we finding ourselves acting? What are we hearing ourselves saying? Are we even hearing ourselves? What do we find ourselves posting or sharing?

So many times we say, even believe that if we state our opinion and mix it with a Bible verse (that may or may not be taken out of context) that makes our opinion fact or true. Where does it stop? Does it stop? I don’t know.

However, for me, what I do know is if I fully and whole-heartedly believe in the message of Jesus Christ, I continue to listen, learn, and grow from others perspectives. I allow myself the education of scripture and context, then I can boldly become more deeply rooted, self-aware, confident, loving, and grace-filled with what Jesus’ message is to us – love thy neighbor as thy self.

When we take away our selfish desires and insecurities we tend to open ourselves up to “act with justice”, “love tenderly”, “serve one another”, and “walk humbly with God.”

Friends, as the song says, we are called; we are called by Christ. Are we willing to lay our swords down? Are we willing to “sing a new song” and accept His call?

         Come! Live in the light!
         Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
         We are called to be light for the kingdom,
         to live in the freedom of the city of God!

         We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly.
         We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.

         Come! Open your heart!
         Show your mercy to all those in fear!
         We are called to be hope for the hopeless,
         so all hatred and blindness will be no more!

         We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly.
         We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.

         Sing! Sing a new song!
         Sing of that great day when all will be one!
         God will reign and we’ll walk with each other as sisters and brothers united in love!

         We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly.
         We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.”

                                                                        Music and lyrics by David Haas,                                                                                                              copyright 1988

GIA Publications, Inc                                                                                                      The Faith We Sing Copyright 2000, Abingdon Press

Tim Boyer
Director of Student Ministries
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