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by Alan Allegra
3/15/2016 / Devotionals
Stomp! Admittedly, an unusual title. It is neither meant to be a command nor the sound of a cockroach being dispatched. It is the name of a most amazing stage show that my wife and I recently experienced. (Just as a side note, we haven't experienced any cockroaches lately.).
When you first see the Stomp performers, you might think of them as mere street urchins and guttersnipes; little more than a gang of New York human slumgullions. They look like common people who wouldn't amount to much; people for whom you wouldn't waste a second glance.
But just wait until that broom starts sweeping out a rhythm and those garbage can lids start flying! The members of Stomp create an urban-chic symphony using "instruments" made from items you wouldn't notice unless they were in your way. They use garbage cans, shopping carts, fire extinguishers, street signs, water bottles, straws in soda cups, brooms, Tic Tacs . . . even the kitchen sink in a choreographed, daredevil display of talent that, on first glance, goes unrecognized. Trashed bags and newspapers are given new life in the hands of these masters.
You can probably guess where I'm going with all this. God is a Master who can take the broken, neglected, unnoticed, discarded people of this world and make beautiful music with them!
We all fit somewhere in the following passage:
"For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God" (1Corinthians 1:26-29).
The apostle Paul seemed as worthless for the cause of Christ as can be, but "The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life" (1 Timothy 1:5-16).
When we are tempted to look down on others and not notice their worth to God, remember Paul's words: "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves" (Philippians 2:3).
The inanimate objects can't boast about the music they make. They did not create themselves, and they cannot make music themselves. They cannot repurpose themselves, just as we cannot do great works for God on our own: "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). It is when we are connected to Jesus, born again (John 3), that we are repurposed and acceptable to God, capable of making truly beautiful music to his ears.
Once in the hands of the Master, ordinary, common, disposable men and women of any age, background, status, and color are cleaned up and put together in a harmonious family able to glorify God.
To see and hear what the Stomp performers could wring out of tubs, buckets, hands and feet, makes one stand up and shout! When we yield to God through Jesus Christ and allow him to make us new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17), we can say with the psalmist, "I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord (Psalm 27:6)!
When you think you are worthless and disposable, remember STOMP: Salvaged Tools On the Master's Platform!
Alan is Content Coordinator for Lifestyles Over 50 (Thrive Media) and contributor to the Allentown, PA, Morning Call. He is also an adult Sunday school teacher and Bible study leader. Passionate about reviving theology and church methodology, and being a senior citizen!
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